14 December: Purcell’s drinking songs

Every day throughout Advent, the season of overindulgence, we’ll be telling a tale of an overindulgent composer

14 December: Purcell’s drinking songs

Composer: Purcell


How indulgent: Terminally indulgent


How: Henry Purcell penned a number of drinking songs, including such titles as ‘Wine in a morning makes us frolic and gay’ and ‘I gave her cakes and I gave her ale’.


Did you know:   Purcell’s drinking song ‘Come, let us drink’ uses a canon, where three voices repeat a certain melody, but with each voice beginning at different times.


Now indulge yourself with….. ‘Come, let us drink’

This Purcell drinking song is sure to raise your spirits this Christmas!

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