History of Classical Music

Henry Purcell

Baroque Period
Henry Purcell Purcell was one of the greatest composers of the Baroque period. Purcell was born in London in 1659, and he died in Westminster Abbey in 1695 from natural causes. He had six children and he was married in 1681. There was no record of him traveling.

Purcell learned his music in Westminster in 1679. While he was there he was a choirboy, he tuned instruments and he was a private pupil of Matthew Lock and John Blow. He wrote music for the church, and for the theatres. He was a chorister in the Chapel Royal. He made organs and kept them for the king. He was an appointed composer-in-ordinary for the King's Violins.

He wrote Dido and Aeneas for a girls' school. Purcell wrote Strike the Viol, Rigadoon, Sarabande, Air and Corant in G. We liked Air because it was soft and peaceful.

By Jean-Marc N. & Stephane S. (Grade 4)

Music by Purcell


Junior Encyclopedia, vol.3

The Oxford Music Dictionary

Classical Music Pages: Henry Purcell (http://w3.rz-berlin.mpg.de/cmp/purcell.html)

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