Henry Purcell (1659-1695), Equal With The Best Abroad

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022011051020120221Donald Macleod on the theatre music Purcell wrote under the regime - of William and Mary.

In the last five years of his life Purcell was to contribute music to around 50 stage productions. The reign of William and Mary brought about a scaling back of court music, so the composer turned to the theatre as a source of income. He became a more public figure in the process, and began to work with playwrights such as John Dryden, chief poet of the Restoration. With Donald Macleod.