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Henry Purcell

Henry Purcell (1659-95)

Composer

Purcell is often named as the most significant British-born composer until Elgar, and it's not hard to see why. Synthesising various elements from the different Baroque traditions that existed around Europe in his day, he forged his own unique, instantly recognisable style of composition and produced numerous works that have remained firm favourites to this day; his Rondeau (a fairly unassuming tune from the incidental music he wrote to Aphra Behn's play Abdelazer) has been further popularised by its adoption as the theme of Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.

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Further Reading: Purcell

 Interview, Robert King on Purcell's Ten Sonatas in Four Parts

Robert King talks to David about his new disc of Purcell sonatas with The King's Consort.

 Favourites, Henry Purcell

David explores some of the top performances - old and new - of the wide and varied output of English Baroque master Henry Purcell.

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