Henry Purcell

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Birthday
10, 1659
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Nov 21, 1695 (36)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
10, 1659
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Nov 21, 1695 (36)

About

Pioneered a distinctly English style of Baroque music. He was widely regarded as one of England's greatest composers.

Before Fame

He studied with the famed Dr. John Blow, who would resign as organist of Westminster Abbey in 1679 so Purcell could have the appointment.

Trivia

He honored Queen Mary II upon her death by composing an anthem and two elegies for her funeral.

Family Life

His father Henry Purcell Sr. served as a gentleman in the Chapel Royal and had the privilege of singing at King Charles II of England's coronation.

Associated With

He, George Frederic Handel, and Johann Sebastian Bach were all honored with a feast day on July 28 on the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church, USA.