A Collection of Catches, Canons and Glees (Warren, Thomas)
London: Longman and Broderip (Issue 11: Welcker), n.d.[1762-1793].*
A Collection of Catches, Canons & Glees.
Wilmington, Delaware: Mellifont Press, 1970.
Facsimile pages scanned at 600 dpi, deskewed.
*This set was held by the University of Pittsburgh library; some other copies name other publishers.
|Work Title||A Collection of Catches, Canons and Glees|
|Alternative Title||A Collection of Catches Canons and Glees for three, four, five, six and nine Voices / never before published / Selected by Thomas Warren|
|Movements/Sections||650 works, approximately, by more than 100 composers, including Arne, Atterbury, Battishill, Berg, Callcott, Cooke, Danby, Mornington, Paxton, J.S. Smith, R.J.S. Stevens, and the elder Webbe.|
|First Publication||1762 through 1793|
|Language||English, Latin, Italian|
|Dedication||2.-5. The Nobleman and Gentlemen of the Catch-Club at St. Alban's Tavern |
6.-32. The Nobleman and Gentlemen of the Catch Club at the Thatch'd House Tavern, St. James's
|Extra Information||After the first volume, the titles read, "A [Second, Third, Fourth, etc.] Collection", etc., for various stated numbers of voices. Sometimes referred to as the Warren Collection or Warren's Catch Club series.|
"... some of the most exquisite gems of vocal composition ever
written, together with productions of so questionable, or rather
unquestionable a character, that it is a pity that the fire which
consumed the greater portion of the stock of copies did not
consume the whole." W.A. Barrett (1886), p. 209.
"... the proportion of wheat to chaff is remarkably high. There is
barely a page that is not a delight to sing.... The music of the
Warren Collection ... is wasted languishing in rare editions on
a few library shelves. It rather deserves renewed study and performance
as a monument of all that was best in Georgian culture. The spirit that
will bear most fruit in approaching these pieces is embodied in the
motto of the Noblemen and Gentlemen's Catch Club: 'Let's drink and
let's sing together.'" Emanuel Rubin, from his Introduction to the
1970 Facsimile Edition.
Thomas Warren was the founding Secretary of the Noblemen and Gentlemen's Catch Club.
These volumes contain compositions that he selected and published from among entries
in the Catch Club's prize competitions.