Purcell

Purcell

A Biography

Book - 1996
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University Press of New England
In this colorful biography, Jonathan Keates deftly traces Henry Purcell's life and career against the backdrop of the turbulent political, religious, theatrical, and social movements of his time. Following the composer through his extraordinarily prolific career, as chorister at the Chapel Royal, as composer for theater and court, as writer of sacred music, chamber music, and the first British opera, Keates shows how Purcell's musical genius both embraced and transcended the tensions of Restoration England to give his era and culture an unforgettable voice.
The lively story of England's greatest composer

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A biography of the Baroque composer following Purcell's career from chorister at the Chapel Royal, to theater and court composer, and through his period as a writer of sacred and chamber music. Although set against the political, religious, and theatrical moods of the Restoration, the biography roots itself in the music itself emphasizing Purcell's influences and innovations which modified French, Italian, and native traditions. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
Henry Purcell (1659-1695) is the greatest of all English composers and a pivotal figure in European musical history. In this rich and colorful biography, Jonathan Keates deftly traces Purcell's life and artistry against the backdrop of the turbulent political, religious, theatrical, and social movements of his time. Purcell's musical genius both embraced and transcended the variable moods and tensions of Restoration England, and gave the period and the culture an unforgettable voice.
With great skill and historical understanding, Keates follows Purcell through his extraordinarily prolific career, from chorister at the Chapel Royal, to composer for the theater and the court, to writer of sacred music, chamber music, and the triumphant Dido and Aeneas, the first British opera. Keates considers Purcell's musical studies with Pelham Humfrey and John Blow as well as his adaptation of Matthew Locke's innovative and colorful style. He provides a superb critical appreciation of Purcell's music in all its forms. Keates also discusses the musical history of the period, including the influence of French and Italian composers, whose music blended with and modified native traditions.

Publisher: Boston : Northeastern University Press, 1996.
ISBN: 9781555532871
155553287X
Branch Call Number: 920 PURCELL, H.
Characteristics: xi, 304 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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