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The Purcell companion

Author: Michael Burden
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Amadeus Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Henry Purcell has been acknowledged as one of England's greatest composers. Little is known about his life beyond his official appointments and their duties, but as a musician he excelled as a servant of the Court, the Church and the theatre, writing odes, welcome songs, sonatas, anthems, service music, and a series of operatic extravaganzas which fascinated the public during the 1690s. The Purcell Companion opens  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Henry Purcell; Henry Purcell
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Burden
ISBN: 0931340934 9780931340932 0931340926 9780931340925
OCLC Number: 32614463
Notes: Originally published: London : Faber and Faber, 1994.
Description: x, 504 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Purcell phenomenon / Andrew Pinnock --
Purcell and the English Baroque / Jonathan P. Wainwright --
Purcell's Italianate circle / Graham Dixon --
Purcell and his contemporaries / Michael Burden --
Music for the church / Eric Van Tassel --
Purcell's odes: a reappraisal / Bruce Wood --
Consort music / Peter Holman --
Theatrical background / Edward A. Langhans --
Theatre music / Roger Savage --
Performing Purcell / Andrew Parrott --
Producing Dido and Aeneas: an investigation into sixteen problems / Roger Savage.
Responsibility: edited by Michael Burden.

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Henry Purcell has been acknowledged as one of England's greatest composers. Little is known about his life beyond his official appointments and their duties, but as a musician he excelled as a servant of the Court, the Church and the theatre, writing odes, welcome songs, sonatas, anthems, service music, and a series of operatic extravaganzas which fascinated the public during the 1690s. The Purcell Companion opens with four background chapters on his position in British musical history, on music in London during his lifetime, on his Italian connections and on his contemporaries. In the section on the music, Eric Van Tassel presents a new view of the church music, Bruce Wood re-assesses the odes, and Peter Holman writes perceptively about the instrumental music. On the theatre works, Edward Langhans considers their context, while Roger Savage studies the music for the operas and plays. Finally, Andrew Parrott deals with aspects of performance. A bibliography details research undertaken on the various aspects of Purcell's life and career. --From publisher's description.

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