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.
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.
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.