Henry Carey

Henry Carey Sheet Music

  • Born
    c. 26th August 1687
  • Died
    5th October 1743
  • Birthplace
    London, England

Henry Carey was an English poet, dramatist and song-writer. He is remembered as an anti-Walpolean satirist and also as a patriot. Several of his melodies continue to be sung today, and he was widely praised in the generation after his death. Because he worked in anonymity, selling his own compositions to others to pass off as their own, contemporary scholarship can only be certain of some of his poetry, and a great deal of the music he composed was written for theatrical incidental music. However, under his own name and hand, he was a prolific song writer and balladeer, and he wrote the lyrics for almost all of these songs. Further, he wrote numerous operas and plays. His life is illustrative of the professional author in the early 18th century. Without inheritance or title or governmental position, he wrote for all of the remunerative venues, and yet he also kept his own political point of view and was able to score significant points against the ministry of the day. Further, he was one of the leading lights of the new "Patriotic" movement in drama.

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God Save the King Anthem Voice(s) and Instruments
God Save the King Anthem Voice(s) and Instruments
The Musical Century Books Voice(s) and Instruments
The Works of Mr. Henry Carey Books Voice(s) and Instruments
6 Cantatas, 1732 Cantata Voice(s) and Orchestra
Cantatas and Songs Cantata Voice(s) and Instruments
Nancy, or The Parting Lovers Intermezzi Voice(s) and Instruments
The Contrivances Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Instruments
Flocks Are Sporting Sacred Mass Voice(s) and Instruments
Psalm 23 Sacred Mass Voice(s) and Instruments
Cupid, God of Gay Desires Song Cycle Voice(s) and Orchestra
On Masonry Song Cycle Voice(s) and Instruments
The Desparate Lover Song Cycle Voice(s) and Instruments
The Maid's Husband Song Cycle Voice(s) and Instruments
The Midsummer Wish Song Cycle Voice(s) and Instruments