Hole in The Wall (Purcell)

I always enjoy listening clasical music. It is very relaxing at the end of a long busy day.  One of my favourites is Hole in the way. Here is the music sheet:

This song was composed by the English composer Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695).  It’s the last movement of a suite called ‘Abdelazer’ or ‘The moor’s revenge’. Also, the rondeau from the same suite was used by Marianelli to creat ‘A postcard to Henry Purcell’.

This music was originally titled ‘Hornpipe’.  It was choreographed by the dance masters of the time period. The dance is called ‘Hole in the Wall’ because as the dance progresses (in duple minor fashion) one couple splits and the other couple moves through the ‘hole in the wall’. It premiered (in print) in the 1698 edition of The Dancing Master.

We can see the dance on ‘Lady Gresham’s Ball’ scene of Becoming Jane movie.

Beautiful, isn’t it?                                                                                                                                 *Anyway, see on 1:07. If you watch the movie, that would be the best part. 🙂


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