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Henry Purcell

Henry Purcell (1659-95)


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.

Further Reading: Purcell

 Recording of the Week, Purcell's Fairy Queen from Paul McCreesh and Gabrieli

A glorious return to the Restoration stage, with a semi-opera if anything even more vivid than King Arthur - featuring a cast of gods, fairies, peasants, poets and... monkeys?

 Interview, James Hall on Elegy

The young British countertenor talks to Katherine about his career to date and his recent album of duets by Purcell and Blow with Iestyn Davies and The King's Consort.

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