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Purcell - A Biography

Keates, Jonathan

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ISBN 10: 155553287X / ISBN 13: 9781555532871
Verlag: Northeastern University Press, 1995
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Cloth, dj, VG/G+. xii+304pp, 4pp b/w plates, index, edges bumped, more so to the spine, dustjacket a little scuffed & with a repaired 2 inch tear to the base of the spine. A critical biography of the English composer Henry Purcell [ 1659 - 1695 ]. 650 grams. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 44358

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Titel: Purcell - A Biography

Verlag: Northeastern University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 1995

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

Auflage: 1st US edition..

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Henry Purcell (1659-1695) is the greatest of all English composers and a pivotal figure in European musical history. In this rich and colorful biography, Jonathan Keates deftly traces Purcell's life and artistry against the backdrop of the turbulent political, religious, theatrical, and social movements of his time. Purcell's musical genius both embraced and transcended the variable moods and tensions of Restoration England, and gave the period and the culture an unforgettable voice. With great skill and historical understanding, Keates follows Purcell through his extraordinarily prolific career, from chorister at the Chapel Royal, to composer for the theater and the court, to writer of sacred music, chamber music, and the triumphant Dido and Aeneas, the first British opera. Keates considers Purcell's musical studies with Pelham Humfrey and John Blow as well as his adaptation of Matthew Locke's innovative and colorful style. He provides a superb critical appreciation of Purcell's music in all its forms. Keates also discusses the musical history of the period, including the influence of French and Italian composers, whose music blended with and modified native traditions.

About the Author:

The distinguished writer Jonathan Keates (b.1946) has written several acclaimed biographies and travel books, and his novel Allegro Postillions won both the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Hawthornden Prize. Keates also reviews regularly for the Sunday Telegraph and teaches English at the City of London School.

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