Henry Purcell

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Purcell was England's most important Baroque composer and was hailed as "Orpheus Brittanicus" for his brilliant vocal settings and profoundly expressive music.
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Composition Highlights

Title Year Avg. Duration Genre
The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629 1689 Vocal Music
Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626 1689 Opera
King Arthur, or, The British Worthy, semi-opera, Z. 628 1691 Vocal Music Opera
Work(s) Miscellaneous (Classical)
Come ye sons of art away (Birthday ode for Queen Mary), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 323 1694 Choral
Prophetess, or The History of Dioclesian, semi-opera, Z. 627 1690 Vocal Music Opera
Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, march and canzona for orchestra, Z. 860 1695 Choral
The Indian Queen, semi-opera, Z. 630 1695 Vocal Music Opera
Fantasias (15) for viols 1680 Chamber Music
Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570 1695 Vocal Music Opera
Sonata [Suite] for trumpet, 2 violins, viola & continuo in D major, Z. 850 1690 Chamber Music
The Tempest, or, The Enchanted Island, semi-opera, Z. 631 1695 Vocal Music Opera
Hear my prayer, O Lord, anthem for chorus, violins & continuo, Z. 15 (unfinished) 1681 Choral
I'll sail upon the dog-star (from "A Fool's Preferment"), song, Z. 571/6 1688 Vocal Music
Laudate Ceciliam (Ode for St. Cecilia's Day), ode for alto, tenor, bass, 2 violins & continuo, Z. 329 1683 Choral Vocal Music
Music for a While (from "Oedipus"), song, Z. 583/2 1692 Vocal Music
If music be the food of love, song, Z. 379 (3 settings) 1692 Vocal Music
Chacony, for 4 strings in G minor, Z. 730 1678 Chamber Music
Now that the sun hath veiled his light, sacred song for soprano & continuo ("An Evening Hymn"), Z. 193 1687 Vocal Music
Hail, bright Cecilia (Ode for St. Cecilia's Day), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 328 1692 Choral
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