Another Purcell item, priceless- 
“On the night he was wedded quoth Inigo Jones etc,
..in I go Jones!”

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> On Aug 10, 2018, at 5:37 AM, Alain Veylit <al...@musickshandmade.com> wrote:
> 
> I seem to remember reading about Purcell being particularly targeted by this 
> kind of mirthy-ful mis-attribution. My memory can well be wrong. Most of 
> Purcell's music was published posthumously and it was very prolific (800 
> works for someone who died at age 36). Playford, the publisher of the Orpheus 
> Britannicus, may have had an interest in stretching the attributions of 
> (particularly bawdy) pieces to a famous and respected musician, if only just 
> for fun and financial gain --
> 
> I am a little bit suspicious that such a high brow musician could also be the 
> celebrated author of so many popular tavern songs. It is not impossible that 
> he actually wrote 200 songs and 50 catches, all the while composing more 
> serious stuff on the side just to make a living, but it does not seem 
> impossible either that among those 250 very profane works some popular tunes 
> directly issued from the taverns found their way under his name, for sheer 
> publicity purposes. "Pox on you" and the "Indian queen" might be the fruits 
> of the same mind, but did he have time to do both really? I admit I don't 
> have any solid proof, but I am also highly suspicious of English publishing 
> practices at the time (before the first copyrights law) . I would be happy to 
> be proven wrong and recognize a truly ubiquitous genius. Also, theater music 
> was definitely a source of income, but catches were unlikely to provide much 
> financial support to the composer, while they would be for a publisher.
> 
> Just imagine if J.S. Bach was credited by a contemporary publisher with a 
> song entitled  "Once, twice, thrice, I Julia tried", would that raise an eye 
> brow?? Just curious: did Mozart compose anything we'd consider "bawdy" or 
> tavern material?? Or other composers, besides Lasso??
> 
> 
> 
> On 08/09/2018 10:06 PM, howard posner wrote:
>>> On Aug 9, 2018, at 9:15 PM, Alain Veylit <al...@musickshandmade.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>>  Like Henry Purcell, who seems to have found his name attached to a very 
>>> large number of bawdy songs in 17th century England, if I recall correctly.
>> Is there any reason to think he didn’t write the music for all those 
>> catches?  I’m not aware that his authorship has ever been questioned.
>> 
>> He lived in an age of relaxed sexual mores and worked a great deal in the 
>> theater.
>> 
> 
> 
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