Henry Purcell

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Henry Purcell


Henry Purcell (1659, London - 21 November 1695, Westminster, England) was an English composer, one of England's greatest and most original composers. When he was 18 years old, he was appointed to the Chapel Royal as a composer, and five years later he became organist of the chapel. His official duties led him to the composition of a large amount of church music. He also wrote much theater music, short opera masterpieces for school performances, popular ditties, and a large quantity of instrumental music for harpsichord and string instruments. A prominent feature of Purcell's music is a vigorous and steadily moving bass line, an idiom heard throughout the remainder of the Baroque period

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