Purcell Trio Sonata in D Minor for 2 Flutes and Basso Continuo


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Purcell Trio Sonata in D Minor for 2 Flutes and Basso Continuo

Purcell Trio Sonata in D Minor for 2 Flutes and Basso Continuo

Publisher-Schott (OFB 79)
2 Violins/2 Treble Recorders & Basso Continuo (Ruf)

Henry Purcell

Henry Purcell (c. 1659-1695) was a prominent English composer of the Baroque period. He is renowned for creating over 100 songs, including the tragic opera “Dido and Aeneas,” and providing incidental music for “The Fairy Queen,” an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Purcell’s musical talents covered a wide range, composing for the church, stage, court, and private events. He demonstrated a profound admiration for the past while embracing contemporary influences, especially from Italian composers.

Born in London, Purcell received his early education at the Chapel Royal, where his father worked as a musician. Afterwards, he became an assistant to the king’s instrument keeper, gaining valuable experience in the field.

Throughout his life, Purcell created more than 150 compositions, with a particular focus on the flute. His music was performed by esteemed artists like Leontyne Price, Jessye Norman, and Jorge Bolet.

As a gifted composer for the stage, Purcell faced the challenge of a lack of public opera in London during his time. Despite this, he produced remarkable works, including the famous opera “Dido and Aeneas” and music for plays.

Purcell’s genius in music for the church was evident in his anthems and full anthems, which displayed a deep respect for older traditions. He also incorporated expressive vocal declamation in his verse anthems and sacred songs.

Despite his untimely death at the age of 36, Purcell’s compositions left a lasting impact on the world of classical music. His legacy endures through his influential works and his status as one of the most original English composers of the Baroque era.


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