Henry Purcell

1659 - 1695

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Henry Purcell (, rare: ; c. 10 September 1659 – 21 November 1695) was an English composer of Baroque music. Purcell's musical style was uniquely English, although it incorporated Italian and French elements. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henry Purcell has received more than 1,776,110 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Henry Purcell is the 60th most popular composer (up from 61st in 2019), the 151st most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 132nd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular British Composer.

Henry Purcell is most famous for his compositions of the masque "The Fairy Queen" and the opera "Dido and Aeneas."

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Among composers, Henry Purcell ranks 60 out of 1,451Before him are Orlande de Lassus, Carl Orff, Erik Satie, Georg Philipp Telemann, Arnold Schoenberg, and Vangelis. After him are Astor Piazzolla, Johann Christian Bach, Dieterich Buxtehude, Jules Massenet, Leonard Bernstein, and Charles Gounod.

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Among people born in 1659, Henry Purcell ranks 1After him are Hyacinthe Rigaud, Jacob Roggeveen, Henry Every, Royal Noble Consort Huibin Jang, Georg Ernst Stahl, Pieter van der Aa, Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Sebastiano Ricci, Adam Ludwig Lewenhaupt, Adriaen van der Werff, and Theodore Eustace, Count Palatine of Sulzbach. Among people deceased in 1695, Henry Purcell ranks 4Before him are Christiaan Huygens, Jean de La Fontaine, and Ahmed II. After him are Juana Inés de la Cruz, Johann Ambrosius Bach, Pierre Mignard, Christian Albert, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, Zumbi, Thomas Tew, François-Henri de Montmorency, duc de Luxembourg, and Ludwika Karolina Radziwiłł.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Henry Purcell ranks 151 out of 8,785Before him are Mary Boleyn (1499), Jane Birkin (1946), Æthelstan (895), Anna Wintour (1949), Rowan Atkinson (1955), and Helen Mirren (1945). After him are John Venn (1834), Tim Berners-Lee (1955), John, King of England (1166), James VI and I (1566), Alfred Russel Wallace (1823), and Joseph Priestley (1733).

Among COMPOSERS In United Kingdom

Among composers born in United Kingdom, Henry Purcell ranks 2Before him are Edward Elgar (1857). After him are Benjamin Britten (1913), John Barry (1933), Gustav Holst (1874), William Byrd (1543), Keith Emerson (1944), Eugen d'Albert (1864), Thomas Tallis (1502), Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948), John Dunstaple (1390), and Michael Nyman (1944).