Composer of the month: Henry Purcell

Born in England:


He is considered to be England's greatest composer of the Baroque era.

On September 10, 1677, Purcell was given the Court position of composer-in-ordinary for the violins. 

Purcell, a great keyboard virtuoso. 

He composed his first ode for St Cecilia's Day in 1683. The following month, he was named Royal Instrument Keeper while retaining his other posts. 

In 1685 the new King, James II, introduced many changes at Court, one of which was to make Purcell the Court harpsichordist and Blow the Court composer. 

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