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/ ... 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: