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John Eccles (Composer)

Born: 1668, London, UK

Died: 12th January 1735, Richmond, London, UK

Nationality: English

John Eccles was an English composer.

Born in London, eldest son of professional musician Solomon Eccles, John Eccles was appointed to the King's Private Music in 1694, and in 1700 became Master of the King's Musick. Also in 1700 he finished second in a competition to write music for William Congreve's masque The Judgement of Paris (John Weldon won).

Eccles was very active as a composer for the theatre, and from the 1690s wrote a large amount of incidental music including music for Congreve's Love for Love, John Dryden's The Spanish Friar and William Shakespeare's Macbeth. Jointly with Henry Purcell he wrote incidental music for Thomas d'Urfey's Don Quixote.

Further Reading: Eccles, J

 Interview, Julian Perkins on John Eccles's Semele

The conductor and keyboardist talks about his recent recording of John Eccles's tragic Semele with the Academy of Ancient Music.

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