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He wrote the music for the final act of the Indian Queen after Henry Purcell’s death Father – Henry Purcell Senior (died in 1664) Uncle – Thomas Purcell ( Henry was placed under his guardianship after his father’s death) Edward Purcell Henry Purcell Daniel Purcell
1) In 1664 Henry is admitted as a chorister to the Chapel Royal 2) In 1673 his voice broke and he became assistant to John Hingston – keeper of wind instruments to the King 3) His first identified work is an ode to the King’s birthday (1670) The three-part song “Sweet tyranness, I now resign” was written by him as a child 4) He attended Westminster School and in 1676 was appointed a copyist at Westminster Abbey 5) Purcell’s earliest anthem was “Lord,who can tell”( 1678). He wrote several antems at different times, perhaps the most notable one is “ They that go down to the sea in ships”
“ Dido and Aeneas” When I am laid in earth Fragment “Dido Aeneas” Overture <ul><li>it was considered the 1 st genuine English opera </li></ul><ul><li>it was popular in private circles </li></ul><ul><li>It gave him the 1 st chance to write a sustained musical setting of a drammatic text, an opportunity to compose a work in which the music carried the entire drama. </li></ul>
<ul><li>In 1685 he wrote two of his finest anthems </li></ul><ul><li>“ I was glad” </li></ul><ul><li>“ My heart is inditing” </li></ul><ul><li>for the coronation of King James II </li></ul>1682 – he got married and was appointed organist of the Chapel Royal (combined it with his position in Westminster Abbey) His 1 st printed composition Twelve Sonatas was published in 1683 He made odes addressed to the king and the royal family
1688 1692 writes music for Dryden’s tragedy “ Tyrannick Love” 1687 “ Blessed as they that fear the Lord” 1691 “ King Arthur” “The Fairy Queen” (Adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
“ Funeral of Queen Mary II” The Indian Queen (1695)
<ul><li>He died in1695 at the hight of his career </li></ul><ul><li>He wasburied adjacent to the organ in Westminster Abbey </li></ul><ul><li>“ A great master of music” </li></ul><ul><li>John Blow has written “ An Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell” </li></ul><ul><li>English poet Gerald Hopkins wrote a famous sonnet“Henry Purcell” </li></ul>
“ The Flowering of the English Baroque” <ul><li>erected in 1994 </li></ul><ul><li>in a small park on Victoria St, Westminster </li></ul>