Henry Purcell

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Henry Purcell


Born: 10 September 1659

Died: 21 November 1695


The entry in Cathedral Music, Volume 2 (William Boyce) reads:

Henry Purcell, was one of the Children of the Chapel Royal, and became Organist of the same in 1682. He was also Organist of the Collegiate Church of St. Peter, Westminster, which Place he resigned in 1693.

He died in 1695, aged 37, and was buried in the North Isle of the said Church. On the Stone erected to his Memory is inscribed

Here lies Henry Purcell, Esq; who left this Place, and is gone to that Blessed Place where only his Harmony can be exceeded.

And on his Grave-stone, as follows:

Applaud so great a Guest Celestial Pow'rs,
Who now resides with you, but once was ours:
Yet let invidious Earth no more reclaim
Her short-liv'd Fav'rite, and her chiefest Fame,
Complaining that so prematurely dy'd
Good Nature's Pleasure, and Devotion's Pride,
Dy'd! No, he lives while yonder Organs sound,
And sacred Echoes to the Choir rebound.

The Poet Dryden wrote an Elegy on his Death, which was set to Music by Dr. John Blow, who had been his Master. He appears to have possessed a Genius superior to any of his Predecessors, together with a depth of Musical Knowledge not inferior to the most learned of them. His Talents were not confined to any particular Manner or Stile of Composition, for he was equally excellent in every thing he attempted; and it is doing but common Justice to his Memory to acknowledge, that his Works, in general, affect more powerfully, than those of almost any other Author.

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List of choral works

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Sacred works

Morning canticles

  • Te Deum & Jubilate     (3 editions available)
  • Te Deum in B flat
  • Benedictus in B flat
  • Benedicite omnia opera in B flat
  • Jubilate Deo in B flat

Communion services

  • Kyrie in B flat
  • Nicene Creed in B flat

Evening canticles


Dramatic works

Secular works

List of solo vocal works

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  1. Sound the trumpet
  2. Lost is my quiet   ( Icon_pdf_globe.gif Icon_snd_globe.gif  Network.pngSibelius 6 )
  3. What can we poor females do?
  4. No, resistance is but vain
  5. Shepherd, leave decoying

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