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Henry Purcell

1659 - 1695

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Henry Purcell (, rare: c. 10 September 1659 – 21 November 1695) was an English composer. Purcell's style of Baroque music was uniquely English, although it incorporated Italian and French elements. Generally considered among the greatest English opera composers, Purcell is often linked with John Dunstaple and William Byrd as England's most important early music composers. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henry Purcell has received more than 1,507,109 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 60 in 2019). Henry Purcell is the 61st most popular composer (down from 59th in 2019), the 132nd 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 61 out of 1,216Before him are Domenico Scarlatti, Vincenzo Bellini, Mikis Theodorakis, Georg Philipp Telemann, Edward Elgar, and Astor Piazzolla. After him are Johann Christian Bach, George Gershwin, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, John Williams, Alexander Scriabin, and Giovanni Battista Pergolesi.

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Among people born in 1659, Henry Purcell ranks 1After him are Jacob Roggeveen, Georg Ernst Stahl, Henry Every, Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Sebastiano Ricci, Adam Ludwig Lewenhaupt, Pieter van der Aa, Domenico Gabrielli, Adriaen van der Werff, Theodore Eustace, Count Palatine of Sulzbach, and David Gregory. 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, Zumbi, Pierre Mignard, Christian Albert, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, François-Henri de Montmorency, duc de Luxembourg, Thomas Tew, and Ludwika Karolina Radziwiłł.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Henry Purcell ranks 132 out of 7,765Before him are William Gilbert (1544), Cary Grant (1904), Paul Dirac (1902), Christopher Lee (1922), Joseph Priestley (1733), and Michael Caine (1933). After him are T. E. Lawrence (1888), Olav V of Norway (1903), George Boole (1815), Æthelstan (895), J. J. Thomson (1856), and William IV of the United Kingdom (1765).

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), Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872), Keith Emerson (1944), Eugen d'Albert (1864), and John Dunstaple (1390).