Upon the Viol, a Catch (Henry Purcell)

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Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2005-12-01).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 422 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: One of three catches on musical Themes in Three Catches from "The Catch Club or Merry Companion…". H.Purcell: A Catch by way of an Epistle, Anon.: A Fiddler and a Fuddler, H.Purcell: Upon the Viol

General Information

Title: Upon the Viol, a Catch
Composer: Henry Purcell

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SSS
Genre: SecularCanon

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1731 -


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Original text and translations

English.png English text

To all Lovers of Musick, Performers and Scrapers,
to those that love Catches, play tunes and cut Capers.
With a New Catch I greet you and tho I say it that shou'dn't.
Like a Fiddle, 'tis musick tho the words are but wood'n:

But my Brother John Playford and I shall present you,
e'er long with a Book, I presume will content you.
Tis true we know well the Sale of good musick,
But to hear us perform woud make him sick or you Sick.

My maggot Man Sam, at the first Temple Gate,
will further inform you, if not my Wife Kate,
From between the two devils near Temple Bar,