1658–1695

Introduction

Born: Cir­ca 1658, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Died: No­vem­ber 21, 1695, West­min­ster, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Buried: West­min­ster Ab­bey, Lon­don, Eng­land.

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Biography

Purcell was one of the best known Eng­lish com­pos­ers of the ba­roque per­i­od, writ­ing op­er­as, plays, songs, etc.

He be­gan his mu­sic­al ca­reer as a cho­ris­ter in the Cha­pel Roy­al, and was writ­ing mu­sic as ear­ly as age 8, when his three part song ap­peared in Play­ford’s Catch That Catch Can.

Pur­cell worked as an or­gan tun­er in West­min­ster Ab­bey (1674–78), be­com­ing or­gan­ist there in 1679. Three years lat­er, he be­came or­gan­ist at the Cha­pel Royal.

Sources

Music