John Blow

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Born: 23 February 1649

Died: 01 October 1708


The entry in Cathedral Music, Volume 1 (William Boyce) reads:

John Blow was one of the first Set of Children of the Royal Chapels immediately after the Restauration, and became Organist thereof March 16th, 1673. He succeeded Pelham Humphrys as Master of the said Children, in 1674; and afterwards had the Degree of Doctor in Music conferr'd on him by Archbishop Sancroft. He was also Master of the Choristers of th Cathedral Church of St. Paul, London, which Place he resign'd in 1693, upon being chose Organist of the Collegiate Church of St. Peter, Westminster; and when the Place of Composer to the Royal Chapels was first establish'd, in 1699, he was appointed to it.

Among his Pupils, besides the late Henry Purcell, were Jeremiah Clarke, Dr. William Croft, and many others, of great Reputation, some of whom are still living.

He was buried in Westminster-Abbey.

On his Monument is the following Inscription:

Here lieth the Body of John Blow, Doctor in Musick, who was Organist, Composer, and Master of the Children of the Chapel Royal for the Space of 35 Years, in the Reigns of K. Charles II, K. James II, K. William and Q. Mary, and her present Majesty Q. Anne: And also Organist of this Collegiate Church about 15 Years. He was Scholar to the excellent Musician Dr. Christopher Gibbons, and Master to the famous Mr. Henry Purcell, and most of the eminent Masters in Musick since. He died Oct. 1st, 1708, in the 60th Year of his Age. His own Musical Compositions (especially his Church Musick) are a far nobler Monument to his Memory, than any other can be raised for him.

Note, There is on the same Stone a Gloria Patri, with the Music to it, as on Page 263 of this Volume.

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