Sheet Music: Fie Nay Prithee John

TitleFie Nay Prithee John
ComposerHenry Purcell (1659–1695)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD major
Time signature4/4
Tempo100 BPM
Performance time0:50
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2017-06-09
Last updated2017-06-09
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Baroque, Canons, Drinking songs


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Friday 9 June 2017

Tune of the Day: Fie Nay Prithee John

Three-part catch by Henry Purcell

The great English Baroque composer Henry Purcell enjoyed composing challenging canons, and singing them at parties with friends. One of the most famous is “Fie Nay Prithee John”, which depicts two persons quarreling in a tavern, at the top of their voices, and a third endeavoring to soothe them, each voice taking the three parts alternately as in all catches.

Fie, nay, prithee John,
do not quarrel man,
let’s be merry and drink about.