Fantazia 13


Purcell, arranged by Colin Matthews for ensemble of 4 players
Colin Matthews (Arranger)
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
Other Contributors
Arranged and completed by Colin Matthews
First Performance
5.10.1996, Spadesbourne Hall, Bromsgrove: Composers Ensemble

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Programme Notes

The manuscript of Purcell’s thirteenth fantasia, composed 24th February 1683, breaks off in the thirty-first bar. Colin Matthews has arranged this extant portion without making any alterations beyond prolonging selected notes to produce a bell-like effect, but in composing a further sixty bars to achieve a length comparable to that of the other fantasias he has not been bound by seventeenth century idiom. Purcell’s theme is still present – initially, in a continuation of the slow opening, only as the rhythm of its first three notes, then in its entirety in the quick section which follows – but that does not prevent the music reaching fortissimo climax. As if to apologise for the outburst, the piece ends soberly in the A minor of the opening. The arrangement is dedicated to Barrie Gavin. Mark Edgley Smith (1955-2008) Please contact the promotion department for permission to use this (

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