Famed as the theme of Britten's 'Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra,' this setting of Purcell's 'Rondeau from Abdelazar' tosses the infectious tune around among the parts. A few anachronistic harmonies crop up now and then. A setting for SAT is also available from the ARS libraries.
-- Anthony St. Pierre
With a new bass part added, this is an expanded version of St Pierre’s trio arrangement found in his collection, “Various Variants of Purcell Airs” uploaded in 2018. As in the trio, some of the arpeggio figures might benefit from practicing slowly and working up to the “brisk” tempo indicated, to get the fingers and tongue working in synch. All parts get some action! The soprano has some high notes all the way up to C and D, and the tenor as high as B-flat, but the ranges are comfortable otherwise and the difficulty level is accessible to intermediate players.
-- Glen Shannon
The composer has recorded play-along parts for this piece.