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Henry Purcell 1659-1695

At ten years of age Purcell served as a chorister at the Chapel Royal. After studying with Blow, Purcell became composer to the King (1677); two years later Purcell succeeded his teacher, Blow, as organist at Westminster Abby. Purcell composed incidental music for plays, several operas (including "Dido and Aeneas" in 1690), numerous anthems, odes, and three complete settings of the sacred service. His theoretical treatise, The Art of Descant, was published by Playford in 1683.

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