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(NELSON.) PAGE, John (ed.)

The Burial Service, Chant, Evening Service, Dirge & Anthems, Appointed to be Performed at the Funeral of Lord Viscount Nelson, Duke of Bronti [sic.], at St Pauls Cathedral,

on the 9th of January 1806. Composed by Dr Croft, Heny. Purcell Esqr, Dr. Greene, Thos. Attwood Esqr, & George Frederick Handel Esqr, Dedicated by Permission To the Right Revd. the Lord Bishop of Lincoln, Dean of St. Pauls [sic], By his Lordships Obedient Servant, John Page, Vicar Choral.

Messrs. Clementi, London , 1806 Stock Code: 137775
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Notes

First and only edition, of this record of the musical component of perhaps the most emotive and dramatic state funeral ever held in Britain. "The huge congregation - estimated at 10,000 - in the cathedral included two future Kings of England in addition to their five royal brothers. The scene in the stately sanctuary is described in the Times as 'too dear and sacred to Britons to be forgotten' while the Morning Post said 'nothing could be more sublimely awful, nor more solemnly affecting'" ("The Music at Nelson's Funeral in St. Paul's Cathedral", The Musical Times, XLVI, 752, p. 646). This copy is no beauty prize winner; however, the piece is decidedly uncommon, with just nine copies traced in an online search of institutional holdings - Universities of Cambridge, Leeds, Oxford, Reading, Penrhyn Castle, the Newberry, State Library of Victoria, Royal College of Music, and the British Library.

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Description

Folio. Ornate engraved title page and 40 pages of engraved musical notation.

Illustrations

Later nineteenth-century half roan, marbled card wraps.

Condition

Somewhat worn and soiled, lower corner of the front wrap missing, stripping and chipping from the spine, tan-burn to the corners of the first and last few leaves, title page and one other leaf slightly crudely reattached, content a little browned throughout, but remains about very good.,

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