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Henry Purcell

Born: 1659. Died: 1695. Lived in: England

Born in 1659, Henry Purcell was the finest and most original composer of his day. Though he was to live a very short life (he died in 1695) he was able to enjoy and make full use of the renewed flowering of music after the Restoration of the Monarchy.

As the son of a musician at Court, a chorister at the Chapel Royal, and the holder of continuing royal appointments until his death, Purcell worked in Westminster for three different Kings over twenty-five years.

In the Chapel Royal young Purcell studied with Dr. John Blow. Dr. Burney, the eighteenth century historian, is amusingly skeptical on this point: "..... he had a few lessons from Dr. Blow, which were sufficient to cancel all the instructions he had received from other masters, and to occasion the boast inscribed on the tomb-stone of Blow, that he had been 'Master to the famous Mr. Henry Purcell'." Legend has it that when, in 1679, Purcell succeeded Dr. Blow as organist of Westminster Abbey, the elder musician stepped aside in recognition of the greater genius, and it is true that on Purcell's death in 1695 Blow returned to the post, and would write a noble Ode on the Death of Purcell.

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Audrey Snyder : Sing Now with Joy : Voicetrax CD : 884088547301 : 08552305

Audrey Snyder : Sing Now with Joy

Adapted from Henry Purcell's Come Ye Sons of Art, this short tuneful setting is ideal for younger and developing choirs especially for contest and festival performances. Available separately: 3-Part Mixed, VoiceTrax CD. Duration: ca. 1:20.

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4577p | Voicetrax CD | $19.95


Patrick Liebergen : Let Voice and Instrument Joyfully Sound! : Voicetrax CD : 884088627386 : 08552370

Patrick Liebergen : Let Voice and Instrument Joyfully Sound!

Introduce your younger choirs to Baroque style with this short and festive selection adapted from a larger work by English composer Henry Purcell. Featuring a pair of flutes, the rhythmic exuberance of the piece will be a welcome addition to concert, contest and festival performances throughout your year! Flute 1-2 parts included. Available separately: 3-Part Mixed, 2-Part, VoiceTrax CD. Duration: ca. 1:40

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4587p | Voicetrax CD | $26.95

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