Music for a while, Z 583/2 (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2019-09-10)  CPDL #55307:     
Editor: Simon Shaw (submitted 2019-09-10).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 400 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Arrangement in Gm for SATB and optional keyboard (and cello) continuo accompaniment - see second score.
  • (Posted 2009-11-06)  CPDL #20364:     
Editor: Giuseppe Schinaia (submitted 2009-10-18).   Score information: A4 (landscape), 5 pages, 168 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Contributed by Marie Ange.
  • (Posted 2008-03-18)  CPDL #16379:  Network.png
Editor: William Long (submitted 2008-03-18).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transposed from C minor to A minor.

General Information

Title: Music for a while
Composer: Henry Purcell
Lyricist: John Dryden

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Soprano solo, or SATB
Genre: SecularAria

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo realized for keyboard, guitar, or baroque guitar

First published: 1692
Description: From the incidental music for Oedipus.

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Original text and translations

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Music for a while,
Shall all your Cares beguile,
Wond'ring how your Pains were eas'd,
And disdaining to be pleas'd,
Till Alecto free the Dead,
From their Eternal Band;
Till the Snakes drop from her Head;
and the Whip from out her Hand.