Henry Purcell

Biography by Robert Cummings

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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 01:56:50 Vocal Music
Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626 1689 45:27 Opera
Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, march and canzona for orchestra, Z. 860 1695 04:31 Choral
The Tempest, or, The Enchanted Island, semi-opera, Z. 631 1695 55:07 Vocal Music Opera
Come ye sons of art away (Birthday ode for Queen Mary), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 323 1694 13:36 Choral
Fantasias (15) for viols 1680 09:19 Chamber Music
Sonata [Suite] for trumpet, 2 violins, viola & continuo in D major, Z. 850 1690 05:10 Chamber Music
Hear my prayer, O Lord, anthem for chorus, violins & continuo, Z. 15 (unfinished) 1681 02:33 Choral
The Indian Queen, semi-opera, Z. 630 1695 01:02:58 Vocal Music Opera
King Arthur, or, The British Worthy, semi-opera, Z. 628 1691 01:26:38 Vocal Music Opera
Prophetess, or The History of Dioclesian, semi-opera, Z. 627 1690 01:18:52 Vocal Music Opera
Sonata in 3 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo No. 7 in E minor, Z. 796 1680 07:46 Chamber Music
If music be the food of love, song, Z. 379 (3 settings) 1692 02:53 Vocal Music
Hail, bright Cecilia (Ode for St. Cecilia's Day), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 328 1692 49:35 Choral
Now that the sun hath veiled his light, sacred song for soprano & continuo ("An Evening Hymn"), Z. 193 1687 04:31 Vocal Music
Fantasia upon a ground, for 3 violins (or recorders) & continuo in D major/F major, Z. 731 1680 04:59 Chamber Music
Sound the trumpet, beat the drum (Welcome Ode for James II), for 2 altos, tenors, basses, chorus, strings & continuo, Z. 335 1687 05:46 Choral
Music for a While (from "Oedipus"), song, Z. 583/2 1692 03:51 Vocal Music
Rejoice in the Lord alway ("Bell Anthem"), anthem for alto, tenor, bass, chorus, strings & organ, Z. 49 1683 08:10 Choral
Remember not, Lord, our offences, anthem for chorus & organ, Z. 50 1681 03:12 Choral
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