The son of a court musician, Henry Purcell was born in London in 1659. He flourished in the English Restoration under Charles II, after Cromwell's Puritan rule was turned back. He wrote a wide variety of pieces, instrumental, ensemble, orchestral, and vocal, but can always be remembered through Dido and Aeneas as the composer of the first English opera. He died in 1695, probably of pneumonia.

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Classical Archives: Henry Purcell
Biography, files offered in MIDI, MP3, and Windows Media audio formats, including live recordings of featured artists.
Henry Purcell
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Henry Purcell
Filmography at IMDb lists motion pictures using or based on his works.
Henry Purcell Lyrics
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Biography, suggested reading, timeline, key works, recommended recordings, Purcell quotes, and links from Humanities Web.
Henry Purcell: Music for the London Theatre
Incidental Theatre Music for Distressed Innocence, Abdelazer, Amphitryon, Fairy Queen, and chamber music. Accademia Monteverdiana. CD information plus music samples.
Henry Purcell: Nine Trio Sonatas (1697)
Nine Trio Sonatas from the 1697 set of 10. CD $8.95. Detailed content description and music samples. Baroque Music Club BMC 9. Pini, Tunnell, Lester.
Henry Purcell: Odes, Anthems, Fantasias. Deller Consort CD.
CD illustration, biography, and music samples.
Purcell's Works
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