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Purcell: Hail Bright Cecilia

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Purcell Hail Bright Cecilia

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Hail! Bright Cecilia
by Henry Purcell

Performed by The King's Consort
Directed by Robert King

1-13: Hail! Bright Cecilia

14-20: Who can from joy refrain?

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1. Symphony

2. Hail! bright Cecilia, Hail! Listen (00:30 seconds)

3. Hark, each Tree its silence breaks

4. 'Tis Nature's Voice; thro' all the moving Wood

5. Soul of the World!

6. Thou tun'st this World below, the Spheres above

7. With that sublime Celestial Lay

8. Wond'rous Machine!

9. The Airy Violin

10. In vain the Am'rous Flute and soft Guitar

11. The Fife and all the Harmony of War Listen (00:30 seconds)

12. Let these amongst themselves contest

13. Hail! bright Cecilia, Hail to thee!

14. Overture

15. Who can from joy refrain?

16. A Prince of glorious race descended

17. The Father brave as e'er was Dane

18. The Graces in his Mother shine Listen (00:30 seconds)

19. Sound the Trumpet and beat the warlike Drum

20. Chaconne - If now he burns with noble flame


St. Cecilia

St. Cecilia Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 11/22
Tridentine Calendar - 11/22

Patron Of: Composers, Musicians, Throat, Vocalists, Singers, Poets, Martyrs

Cultivated young patrician woman whose ancestors loomed large in Rome's history. She vowed her virginity to God, but her parents married her to Valerian of Trastevere. Cecilia told her new husband that she was accompanied by an angel, but in order to see it, he must be purified. He agreed to the purification, and was baptised; returning from the ceremony, he found her in prayer accompanied by a praying angel. The angel placed a crown on each of their heads, and offered Valerian a favor; the new convert asked that his brother be baptised.

The two brothers developed a ministry of giving proper burial to martyred Christians. In their turn they were arrested and martyred for their faith. Cecilia buried them at her villa on the Apprian Way, and was arrested for the action. She was ordered to sacrifice to false gods; when she refused, she was martyred in her turn.

The Acta of Cecilia includes the following: "While the profane music of her wedding was heard, Cecilia was singing in her heart a hymn of love for Jesus, her true spouse." It was this phrase that led to her association with music, singers, musicians, etc.

martyred c.117; suffocated for a while, and when that didn't kill her, she was beheaded; her grave was discovered in 817, and her body removed to the church of Saint Cecilia in Rome; the tomb was opened in 1599, and her body found to be incorrupt

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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