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John Blow (Composer)

Born: 23rd February 1649, Nottinghamshire, England

Died: 1st October 1708, Westminster, London, England

Nationality: English

John Blow was an English Baroque composer and organist, appointed organist of Westminster Abbey in late 1668. His pupils included William Croft, Jeremiah Clarke and Henry Purcell. In 1685 he was named a private musician to James II. His only stage composition, Venus and Adonis (ca. 1680–1687), is thought to have influenced Henry Purcell's later opera Dido and Aeneas. In 1687 he became choirmaster at St Paul's Cathedral, where many of his pieces were performed.

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 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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