Why is he not performed more often today? It largely comes down to a question of style. He belongs to the generation before Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Telemann: He emulated the prevailing French and Italian styles of Lully and Corelli when it suited him, but always retained a distinctive Englishness in the folk-like quality of his best tunes and a seriousness, bordering on sadness, which pervades much of his music.
His only opera, Dido and Aeneas, divulged his sheer mastery in the handling of the work's vast expressive canvas, which included lively dance numbers, passionate arias and rollicking choruses.
Purcell also wrote much incidental music for stage productions, including that for Dryden's King Arthur. His church music includes many anthems, devotional songs, and other sacred works, but few items for Anglican services.
Purcell was born in to Henry Purcell, Henry purcell of choristers at Westminster Abbey, and his wife Elizabeth. When he was five, his father died, forcing his mother to resettle the family of six children into a more modest house and lifestyle. In aboutPurcell became a chorister in the Chapel Royal, studying under chorus master Henry Cooke.
He also took keyboard lessons from Christopher Gibbonsson of the composer Orlando Gibbonsand it is likely that he studied with John Blow and Matthew Locke.
InPurcell was appointed assistant to John Hingeston, the royal instrument keeper. On September 10,Purcell was given the Court position of composer-in-ordinary for the violins.
It is believed that many of his church works date from this time. Purcella great keyboard virtuoso by his late teens, received a second important post inthis one succeeding Blow as organist at Westminster Abbey, a position he would retain all his life.
That same year saw the publication of five of the young composer's songs in John Playford's Choice Ayres and Songs to Sing to the Theorbo-lute or Bass-viol.
Around the same time, he began writing anthems with string accompaniment, completing over a dozen beforeand welcome songs. Purcell was appointed one of three organists at the Chapel Royal in the summer ofhis most prestigious post yet.
Purcell composed his first ode for St. Cecilia's Day in The following month, upon Hingeston's death, he was named royal instrument keeper while retaining his other posts. The composer remained quite prolific in the middle part of the decade, primarily producing music for royal occasions.
Near the end ofQueen Mary's pregnancy was announced and Purcell was commissioned to compose an anthem for PsalmBlessed are they that fear the Lord. Many other of his anthems appeared inas did one of his more famous ones for church use, O sing unto the Lord.
With the ascension of William and Mary to the throne on April 11,Purcell retained his post as royal instrument keeper, and he, along with Blow and Alexander Damazene, shared the duties of Court composers.
With his royal duties reduced, he was able to pursue other opportunities, including teaching and writing for other organizations. One of Purcell 's greatest successes came in with the production of Dido and Aeneas. In the final year of his life Purcell remained exceedingly busy, writing much for the stage, including The Indian Queen, left incomplete at his death on November 21, BRIEF SYNOPSIS Montezuma, a young Peruvian general, captures Acacis, the Mexican prince, in battle.
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Although Purcell only lived to age thirty-six, his creative light burned bright, managing to write in most of the major genres of time: opera, liturgical music, orchestral music, chamber music, solo.
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Henry Purcell was one of the greatest English composers, flourishing in the period that followed the Restoration of the monarchy after the Puritan Commonwealth period.