It is the famous air from the Ode for Queen Mary's Birthday (Come Ye Sons of Art).
Strike the Viol was composed for countertenor, two flutes and continuo.
I posted that some times ago on the french forum :http://www.guitareclassiquedelcamp.com/viewtopic.php?f=98&t=17656, in a time when i experimented a lot transcribing orchestral scores. Up to ten or twelve guitar voices , with chorals from Bach Cantatas. It was probably a bit cheeky, but for me a real pleasure to dive into those beautiful harmonies.
I recorded that with five tracks, spliting the continuo, and playing those voices pizzicato, a strip of rag near the bridge to mute the strings.
For the bass voice of the continuo, the grave E string was lowered to C, to preserve a few fine effects Purcell had placed in his music.
I recorded the two flute voices in separate tracks, don't remember anymore why, probably a matter of resonance.
So, the recording is made of five tracks.
For those who dont have access to the french forum, i post here the recording (5 voices):
And if you want to give it a try, the defective mixings:
- Without the melody:
Without the first flute:
Without the second flute:
Without the continuo:
Without the bass:
For the fun of it: i recently found on youtube something quite more irreverent that my modest do-it-yourself orchestra : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bamXG2a ... re=related. Isn't it worth a look ?