This video explores two Baroque songs on the Edexcel Music GCSE syllabus: Henry Purcell's 'Music for a While' (set work) and George Frideric Handel's 'Rejoice Greatly' from Messiah (suggested wider listening).

Watch to hear presenter Rachel Leach talk through the musical features of each song and the wider historical context of the Baroque period, accompanied by performances from conductor Tim Murray, soprano Fflur Wyn, and musicians from the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Below, you can find written resources with analysis and quiz questions to help you revise Purcell’s piece. Finish with our Kahoot quiz to test your knowledge!


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