Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. Jan/Feb2020, Vol. 33 Issue 1, p14-15. 2p.
COMPOSERS, SACRED vocal music, ANTHEMS, and ENGLAND
A biography of British composer Henry Purcell is presented. Purcell's inclinations towards liturgical music are discussed. A background on how Purcell gained a renewed aesthetic and liturgical taste towards music during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1 is also given. Some of Purcell's works are cited as well, which include the anthems "Blow Up the Trumpet in Sion," and "My Beloved Spake" and other single-voice devotional songs.
ENCYCLOPEDIAS & dictionaries and BIOGRAPHIES of composers
An encyclopedia entry for composer Henry Purcell is presented. He was born in London, England in June 1659. He studied with John Blow and was appointed Assistant Keeper of the Instruments for the Chapel Royal in 1673. The composer received excellent musical training under Captain Henry Cooke and Pelham Humfrey. It is noted that the British tradition was continued in his anthems, royal welcome songs and odes for various occasions.
Upstart Crow: A Shakespeare Journal. 2010/2011, Vol. 29, p57-71. 15p.
An essay is presented on the "The Fairy-Queen," by Henry Purcell, an adaptation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," by William Shakespeare. It looks into how the Purcell work was listened to by its Restoration audience in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries since the musical score was lost and discovered only in 1900 in the library of the Royal Academy of Music. It examines the auditory and visual experiences in the staging of the semi-opera in those periods.
ODES, MUSIC attribution, COMPOSERS, and MUSICAL composition
The article focuses on the ascription of the ode "The Noise of Foreign Wars" to composer Henry Purcell on circumstantial and musical grounds. The ode's most likely subject was thought to be James II for an occasion in the autumn of 1688. A manuscript copy of the complete poem had been placed in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. This strengthened the circumstantial case for ascribing the composition to Purcell.