Henry Purcell

1659 - 1695

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Henry Purcell (; c. 10 September 1659 – 21 November 1695) was an English composer. Although it incorporated Italian and French stylistic elements, Purcell's was a uniquely English form of Baroque music. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henry Purcell has received more than 1,288,323 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). Henry Purcell is the 59th most popular composer, the 119th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 118th 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 59 out of 1,228Before him are Georg Philipp Telemann, Guido of Arezzo, Anton Bruckner, Domenico Scarlatti, Aram Khachaturian, and Edward Elgar. After him are Alexander Borodin, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Johann Pachelbel, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, John Williams, and George Gershwin.

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Among people born in 1659, Henry Purcell ranks 1After him are Jacob Roggeveen, Henry Every, Hyacinthe Rigaud, Georg Ernst Stahl, Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Sebastiano Ricci, Adam Ludwig Lewenhaupt, Domenico Gabrielli, Adriaen van der Werff, Theodore Eustace, Count Palatine of Sulzbach, and Pieter van der Aa. Among people deceased in 1695, Henry Purcell ranks 4Before him are Christiaan Huygens, Jean de La Fontaine, and Ahmed II. After him are Johann Ambrosius Bach, Juana Inés de la Cruz, Pierre Mignard, Zumbi, Christian Albert, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, 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 119 out of 6,924Before him are J. J. Thomson (1856), H. G. Wells (1866), Edward Elgar (1857), John Napier (1550), Diana, Princess of Wales (1961), and Charles I of England (1600). After him are Lady Godiva (990), Geoffrey Chaucer (1343), Jane Seymour (1508), Robert Owen (1771), John Milton (1608), and John, King of England (1166).

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), Gustav Holst (1874), John Barry (1933), William Byrd (1543), Thomas Tallis (1502), Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948), John Dunstaple (1390), Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872), Keith Emerson (1944), and Eugen d'Albert (1864).