John Blow: Complete Works

Morning canticles
Te Deum in A
Jubilate Deo in A
Cantate Domino in A
Deus Misereatur in A
Te Deum in E minor
Jubilate Deo in E minor
Te Deum in G
Jubilate in G

Communion settings
Kyrie in A
Nicene Creed in A
Kyrie in E minor
Nicene Creed in E minor
Kyrie in G
Nicene Creed in G
Kyrie in G
Nicene Creed in G

Evening canticles
Cantate Domino in E minor
Deus Misereatur in E minor
Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in G

Full anthems
Behold, O God our defender
Be merciful unto me O Lord
God is our hope and strength
Let my prayer come up
Let thy hand be strengthened
My days are gone like a shadow
My God, my God, look upon me
O God, wherefore art thou absent
Praise the Lord, ye servants
Save me O God
The Lord hear thee

Verse anthems
God spake sometime in visions
I was in the spirit
O pray for the peace of Jerusalem

Latin works
Salvator mundi

Catches (secular)
Catch on the battle at Hailbron
On The Kings coming home

Other works
Amphion Anglicus
An Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell
Prelude in C major
Venus and Adonis

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Henry Purcell: Notes and Commentary

“Though he is acknowledged to be the most ‘English’ of all English composers, and though he is certainly one of the greatest, Henry Purcell was not altogether free of foreign influences. He himself confessed that in his sonatas he ‘faithfully endeavored a just imitation of the most famed Italian masters.’ By way of Italy, too, come many of Purcell’s instrumental fantasias and vocal recitatives. In his anthems, Purcell betrays the impact upon him of the French motet.”—David Ewen, The Complete Book of Classical Music

Henry Purcell was an English composer. Although incorporating Italian and French stylistic elements into his compositions, Purcell’s 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. He lived from September 10, 1659, to November 21, 1695.

Purcell is said to have had a strong influence on the composers of the English musical renaissance of the early 20th century, most notably Benjamin Britten, who created and performed a realisation of Dido and Aeneas and whose The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra is based on a theme from Purcell’s Abdelazar.—Excerpted from Wikipedia

In popular culture, Pete Townshend of The Who has said Purcell’s harmonies were a big influence on the band’s music, particularly in “Pinball Wizard.”

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Henry Purcell: Books and Music

Selected Books

Henry Purcell, 1659-1695: His Life and Times
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1983
Franklin B. Zimmerman
$88.88 on Amazon
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Henry Purcell: The Origins and Development of his Musical Style
Cambridge University Press, 2009
Martin Adams
$55 on Amazon


“This is the first book thoroughly to explore the musical style of Henry Purcell. In this study, Martin Adams identifies music by other composers, both within England and from abroad, which influenced Purcell’s compositional decisions. Using a mix of broad stylistic observation and detailed analysis, Adams distinguishes between late seventeenth-century English style in general and Purcell’s style in particular and chronicles the changes in the composer’s approach to the main genres in which he worked, especially the newly emerging ode and English opera. As a result, Adams reveals that although Purcell went through a marked stylistic development, encompassing an unusually wide range of surface changes, special elements of his style remained constant.”—From Amazon

Henry Purcell and the London Stage
Cambridge University Press, 2009
Curtis A. Price
$57 on Amazon


“The first comprehensive survey of Purcell’s dramatic music. It is concerned as much with the London theatre world—playhouses, poets, actors, singers, producers—as with the music itself. Purcell wrote music for more than fifty plays of various types, most of them produced at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, between 1690 and 1695.”—From Amazon

Selected Music

Purcell sacred The Complete Sacred Music of Henry Purcell, 11-CD boxed set

Dido Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, 1 CD

abdelazer-2Abdelazer: Suites by Henry Purcell, 2-CD set (with commentary)

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