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Based on a song by: Henry Purcell
Published in 4 hymnals

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Based on a song by: Henry Purcell

Henry Purcell (b. Westminster, London, England, 1659; d. Westminster, 1695), was perhaps the greatest English composer who ever lived, though he only lived to the age of thirty-six. Purcell's first piece was published at age eight when he was also a chorister in the Chapel Royal. When his voice changed in 1673, he was appointed assistant to John Hingston, who built chamber organs and maintained the king's instruments. In 1674 Purcell began tuning the Westminster Abbey organ and was paid to copy organ music. Given the position of composer for the violins in 1677, he also became organist at Westminster Abbey in 1679 (at age twenty) and succeeded Hingston as maintainer of the king's instruments (1683). Purcell composed music for the theater (D… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: WESTMINSTER (Purcell)
Based on a song by: Henry Purcell
Meter: D
Incipit: 34515 65665 43567
Key: G Major
Source: Melody and bass from John Wesley's Sacred Harmony (1780) based on Purcell's song, Fairest Isle



Instances (1 - 4 of 4)

Hymns and Psalms #267c

Little Way Hymns No. 2 #15


Small Church Music #6982

The Pocket Harmony #15

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