Corfe (arr.) : De'il take the wars : Printable cover page
Composer: Joseph Corfe (arr.) (1740 - 1820)
Forces: S.A.T.B. + reduction
Lyrics: ?Thomas D'Urfey
Corfe, organist of Salisbury Cathedral, 1792 - 1804, issued two sets of "Twelve glees.... composed from ancient Scotch melodies" in the early 1790s, to satisfy two contemporary enthusiasms: that for mixed sex social music, and that for all things North-British. Corfe has catered for delicate feminine sensibilities in the current item by substituting "De'il take" with "Fie on" in the text (albeit not in the title). The current arrangement comes from the first set.
These glees were selected from a repertoire of well-known Scottish songs that had been anthologised in the previous seventy years. Corfe appears to have been particularly indebted for source material to James Johnson's "Scots Musical Museum", Edinburgh 1787, which included texts edited and improved by Robert Burns. Verses that are not underlaid were not included by Corfe, and have been imported fom external sources (most especially the aforementioned "Scots Musical Museum").
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