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Henry Purcell
(1659 - 1695)

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1659 Born in London, birthdate unknown; son of either Henry or Thomas Purcell, both court musicians
1667 Joins choir of Chapel Royal, Appointed composer to the king's violins
1679 At 20, becomes organist at Westminster Abbey
1681 Marries Frances Peters
1682 Becomes organist to the Chapel Royal
1685 Composes anthem for the coronation of James II
1688 Birth of daughter, Frances, James II forced into exile
1689 Takes part in coronation of William and Mary. Opera Dido and Aeneas receives first performance, at a school for girls in Chelsea
1690 Birth of son, Edward
1695 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
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