Henry Purcell: The Origins and Development of His Musical Style

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Cambridge University Press, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 388 pages
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This is the first book thoroughly to explore the musical style of Henry Purcell. In this comprehensive study, Martin Adams identifies music by other composers, both within England and from abroad, which influenced Purcell's compositional decisions. Using a mix of broad stylistic observation and detailed analysis, Adams distinguishes between late-seventeenth-century English style in general and Purcell's style in particular, and chronicles the changes in the composer's approach to the main genres in which he worked, especially the newly emerging ode and English opera. As a result, Adams reveals that although Purcell went through a marked stylistic development, encompassing an unusually wide range of surface changes, special elements of his style remained constant. The book will be of interest to students and scholars of music and theatre history, as well as British cultural and social history.
  

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Contents

developments to c 1680
3
c 1680 to c 1685
22
c 1685 to c 1688
42
c 1689 to c 1691
55
early instrumental
89
instrumental music in
118
sacred music to c 1685
164
sacred music after c 1685
187
odes to 1689
222
odes from 1689 to 1695
240
dramatic music to 1689
272
dramatic music
287
dramatic music from 1692
310
Notes
353
Select bibliography
371
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independent songs for one
194

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