Henry Purcell

More info on Henry Purcell

Country of Birth:

England

Year of Birth:

1659

Year of Death:

1695

About the composer Henry Purcell

Henry Purcell (10 September 1659 (?)- 21 November 1695), was an English organist and Baroque composer of secular and sacred music. Although Purcell incorporated Italian and French stylistic elements into his compositions, his legacy was a uniquely English form of Baroque music. He is generally considered to be one of the greatest English composers; no other native-born English composer approached his fame until Edward Elgar.
Purcell was born in St Ann's Lane Old Pye Street, Westminster. Henry Purcell Senior, whose older brother Thomas Purcell (d. 1682) was also a musician, was a gentleman of the Chapel Royal and sang at the coronation of King Charles II of England. Henry the elder had three sons: Edward, Henry and Daniel. Daniel Purcell (d. 1717), the youngest of the brothers, was also a prolific composer who wrote the music for much of the final act of The Indian Queen after Henry Purcell's death. Henry Purcell's family lived just a few hundred yards west of Westminster Abbey from the year 1659 and onward.
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Arias by Henry Purcell
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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1When I am laid in earth

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.10

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
2Thy hand Belinda when I am laid

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.09

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
3Overture

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.01

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
4Great minds against themselves

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.08-2

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
5Witches dance

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.06

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
6Ah! Belinda I am prest

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
7Behold upon my bending spear

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.12

Type: duetVoice: T/Br Mz/SLanguage: English

Roles: Aeneas/Dido
8Ritornelle

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.09

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
9Hark how the songsters

Opera: Timon of AtheneComposer: PurcellAct: 1.02

Type: duetVoice: Mz SLanguage: English

Roles:
10Come away fellow sailors

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
11The Queen of Carthage

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Sorceress
12To the hills and the vales

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.12

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
13Thanks to these lonesome vales

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda
14Fear no danger to ensue

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.07-1

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda
15But ere we this perform

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.06

Type: duetVoice: Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: First Witch/Second Witch
16Pursue thy conquest love

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.11

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda
17Who can resist such mighty

Opera: Timon of AtheneComposer: PurcellAct: 1.07

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
18Overture

Opera: Timon of AtheneComposer: PurcellAct: 1.01

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
19Ho ho ho

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.04

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
20Shake the cloud from off your brow

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda
21Wayward sisters you that fright

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Sorceress
22The cares of lovers

Opera: Timon of AtheneComposer: PurcellAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
23Love in their little veins

Opera: Timon of AtheneComposer: PurcellAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
24But ah how much

Opera: Timon of AtheneComposer: PurcellAct: 1.04

Type: trioVoice: Mz S BrLanguage: English

Roles:
25Come all come all to me

Opera: Timon of AtheneComposer: PurcellAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
26Hence with your trifling

Opera: Timon of AtheneComposer: PurcellAct: 1.05

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: English

Roles:
27Come let us agree

Opera: Timon of AtheneComposer: PurcellAct: 1.11

Type: duet,choirVoice: S BLanguage: English

Roles:
28When monarchs unite

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.05

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
29In our deep vaulted cell

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.07

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
30Cupid only throws the dart

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.09

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
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