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Henry Purcell
(1659 - 1695)

Henry Purcell


"As Poetry is the harmony of Words, so Musick is that of Notes; and as Poetry is a Rise above Prose and Oratory, so is Musick the exaltation of Poetry. "


English composer of the early Baroque period, most remembered for his more than 100 songs, the miniature opera Dido and Aeneas, and his incidental music to a version of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, called The Fairy Queen.
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