||[Aug. 8th, 2008|12:50 am]
The Baroque Musican
I have a slight problem which I do not know what to do.|
I am preparing for the August 15th harpsichord concert, music by Restoration composers, such as Matthew Locke and Henry Purcell.
I intend to play Purcell's Lillibulero as the final piece of the program. This is actually arguably his most famous music piece. Although most people do not realize he was the composer.
To cut a story short, I don't know if it would be considered offensive to especially the Irish to play it.
This is pretty much THE song during the end of the Restoration and the beginning of the Glorious Revolution. Everyone who lived in the British Isles in around 1690 would know this song, and it was so popular that it was considered as one of the major reasons why William and Mary managed to defeat James II and took the throne.
For those that do not know what I am talking about..this is the station identification song of the BBC.
You can click here, and I am sure if you ever listen to or watch the BBC, you will remember this tune. (Oh, THAT song!!!)
To play the Lillibulero by itself is pretty pointless. It will be super short, so I intend to find someone to actually sing the entire song while I play the keyboard part. Ideally that person will have an Ulster accent.
I would love the audience to sing together, as I will print the entire lyrics on the program.
This is the lyrics, with a clip of someone singing it.
Anyway, input please?