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Henry Purcell

Henry Purcell

Born: 10th September 1659, London

Died: 21st November 1695, London

Nationality: English

Henry Purcell was an English composer. Although it incorporated Italian and French stylistic elements, Purcell's was a uniquely English form of Baroque music. He is generally considered to be one of the greatest English composers; no later native-born English composer approached his fame until Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, William Walton and Benjamin Britten in the 20th century.

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Recommended Sheet Music, Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

The Purcell Society’s major new redaction of Dido and Aeneas was first issued in 2021. The new vocal score edition from Stainer & Bell reflects the latest thinking in terms of source studies and historical musicology, is of impeccable scholarly provenance, and facilitates practical application for performers. Find out more.

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