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26 June, 2013
(1659 - 1695)
||Born in London, birthdate unknown; son of either Henry or Thomas Purcell, both court musicians|
||Joins choir of Chapel Royal, Appointed composer to the king's violins|
||At 20, becomes organist at Westminster Abbey|
||Marries Frances Peters|
||Becomes organist to the Chapel Royal|
||Composes anthem for the coronation of James II|
||Birth of daughter, Frances, James II forced into exile|
||Takes part in coronation of William and Mary. Opera Dido and Aeneas receives first performance, at a school for girls in Chelsea|
||Birth of son, Edward|
||Composes music for the funeral of Queen Mary in Westminster Abbey. Dies 21 November at age 36, probably of pneumonia, and is buried in the Abbey|