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Henry Purcell

Author: Robert King
Publisher: New York : Thames and Hudson, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Of Purcell the man very little is known, and his personality has to be reconstructed through the age in which he lived, the circumstances of his professional life, the men and women who knew him, and above all through his music. Robert King weaves a masterly narrative, bringing together politics (always in the forefront of Purcell's fortunes), religion, society and the theater, relating all this to the state of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Henry Purcell; Henry Purcell
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert King
ISBN: 0500016259 9780500016251
OCLC Number: 32142460
Notes: List of composer's works p. 238-250.
Description: 256 pages : illustrations, portraits, music, facsimiles ; 26 cm
Contents: A restoration childhood, 1659-1668 --
Learning the trade, 1668-1679 --
Rising Star: Purcell at the court of Charles II, 1679-1685 --
Changing fortunes: Purcell and King James, 1685-1688 --
Maturity cut short: Purcell under William and Mary, 1688-1695 --
Epilogue: Purcell's posthumous history --
A performer's catalogue of Purcell's works --
Discography.
Responsibility: Robert King.

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Of Purcell the man very little is known, and his personality has to be reconstructed through the age in which he lived, the circumstances of his professional life, the men and women who knew him, and above all through his music. Robert King weaves a masterly narrative, bringing together politics (always in the forefront of Purcell's fortunes), religion, society and the theater, relating all this to the state of music at the time - instruments, techniques, foreign influences, and formal innovations.

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