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Early life and career

Purcell was probably born in St Ann's Lane, Old Pye Street, Westminster. Henry Purcell Senior was a gentleman of the Chapel Royal, and sang at the coronation of King Charles II of England. His brother Thomas Purcell (d. 1682) was also a musician and Henry Junior may possibly have been his son (see below) rather than Henry Senior's. Henry the elder had three sons, Edward, Henry, and Daniel. Daniel Purcell (d. 1717), the youngest of the brothers, was also a prolific composer who wrote the music for much of the final act of The Indian Queen after Henry Purcell's death.

After his father's (?) death in 1664, Purcell was placed under the guardianship of his uncle (?), who showed him great affection and kindness. Thomas was himself a gentleman of His Majesty's chapel, and arranged for Henry to be admitted as a chorister. Henry studied first under Captain Henry Cooke (d. 1672), master of the children, and afterwards under Pelham Humfrey (d. 1674), Cooke's successor. Henry was a chorister in the Chapel Royal until his voice broke in 1673, at which time he became assistant to John Hingeston, the musical instrument keeper for the King.

Song Title Arrangements Image
A Ground In Gamut 1
Piano
A Ground In Gamut
A New Ground In E Minor 1
Piano
A New Ground In E Minor
Ah! Belinda 1
Piano, Vocal
Ah! Belinda
Ah! Belinda, I Am Prest With Torment 1
Piano, Vocal
 
Ah! How Pleasant ‘Tis To Love Z.353 1
Piano, Vocal
Ah! How Pleasant ‘Tis To Love Z.353
Air in D Minor ZT 676 (Henry Purcell) 2
Piano
Air in D Minor ZT 676
Air in D minor 1
Piano
Air in D minor
Algadoon - Orchestra 9
Orchestra, Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitar, Piano, Percussion
Algadoon - Orchestra
Almain (Henry Purcell) 1
Guitar
Almain
An English Ode (Come, Ye Sons of Art) - Orchestra 8
Orchestra, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Piano
An English Ode (Come, Ye Sons of Art) - Orchestra
Anthem Of Joy 1
SATB
Anthem Of Joy
Awake, and with Attention Hear (for Voice, Bass Continuo and Harpsichord) (Isaiah 34) 1
Piano, Vocal
Awake, and with Attention Hear (for Voice, Bass Continuo and Harpsichord)
Borry 1
Guitar
Borry
Cold Song 1
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar
Cold Song
Come, Ye Sons of Art 5
Piano, Trumpet, Vocal
Come, Ye Sons of Art
Come all ye songsters 1
Piano, Vocal
Come all ye songsters
Dido's Lament 1
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar
 
Fairest Isle 1
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar
Fairest Isle
Follow The Leader/Jogging Along 1
Recorder
Follow The Leader/Jogging Along
Full Fathom Five 1
Piano, Vocal
 
Hark The Ech'ing Air! 1
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar
Hark The Eching Air!
How Blest Are Shepherds 1
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar
How Blest Are Shepherds
I Attempt From Love's Sickness To Fly 1
Piano, Vocal
I Attempt From Loves Sickness To Fly
I Attempt From Loves Sickness To Fly (from The Indian Queen Z.360) 1
Piano, Vocal
I Attempt From Loves Sickness To Fly (from The Indian Queen Z.360)
I Saw That You Were Grown So High Z.387 1
Piano, Vocal
I Saw That You Were Grown So High Z.387
If Music Be The Food Of Love 3
SATB, PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar
If Music Be The Food Of Love
I'll Sail Upon The Dog-Star 1
Piano, Vocal
Ill Sail Upon The Dog-Star
I'll sail upon the dogstar 1
Piano, Vocal
Ill sail upon the dogstar
Kind fortune smiles 1
Piano, Vocal
 
Let Us Sing 1
Vocal
Let Us Sing
Let Voice And Instrument Joyfully Sound! 2
Vocal, Piano
Let Voice And Instrument Joyfully Sound!
Man Is For The Woman Made 2
Piano, Vocal
Man Is For The Woman Made
Menuet (Henry Purcell) 1
Guitar
Menuet
Meryton Townhall 4
Piano
Meryton Townhall
Minuet In A Minor, Z. 649 1
Piano
Minuet In A Minor, Z. 649
Miserere Mei (Henry Purcell) 1
SATB
Miserere Mei
Monkey's Dance (from The Fairy Queen Suite, No. 2) - Orchestra (Henry Purcell) 8
Orchestra, Violin, Cello, Viola, Piano, Double Bass
Monkeys Dance (from The Fairy Queen Suite, No. 2) - Orchestra
Music for a while 2
Piano, Vocal, PVG, Guitar
Music for a while
Now Winter Comes Slowly 1
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar
Now Winter Comes Slowly
Nymphs And Shepherds, Come Away 1
Piano
Nymphs And Shepherds, Come Away
Oft she visits 1
Piano, Vocal
Oft she visits
Oft she visits this lov'd mountain (from Dido And Aeneas) 1
Piano, Vocal
Oft she visits this lovd mountain (from Dido And Aeneas)
Oh! Fair Cedaria (for Voice, Bass Continuo and Harpsichord) 1
Piano, Vocal
Oh! Fair Cedaria (for Voice, Bass Continuo and Harpsichord)
On The Brow Of Richmond Hill 1
Piano, Vocal
On The Brow Of Richmond Hill
Prelude (Henry Purcell - Suite In F Major) 2
Piano
Prelude
Prelude from Suite No.5 in C 1
Piano
Prelude from Suite No.5 in C
Rigaudon/The Sorcerer's Apprentice/Pastoral Symphony 1
Bassoon
Rigaudon/The Sorcerers Apprentice/Pastoral Symphony
Rondeau (Henry Purcell) 1
Piano
Rondeau
Rondo in D Minor (from Abdelazer) 10
Piano, Clarinet, Flute, Violin, Alto Saxophone
Rondo in D Minor (from Abdelazer)
See, Even Night herself is here 1
Piano, Vocal
 
See, see, the heavens smile 1
Piano, Vocal
 
She Loves and She Confessess Too (for Voice, Bass Continuo and Harpsichord) 1
Piano, Vocal
She Loves and She Confessess Too (for Voice, Bass Continuo and Harpsichord)
Sound The Trumpet 1
Vocal
Sound The Trumpet
Suite In G Major 1
Piano
Suite In G Major
Thanks to these lonesome vales (from Dido And Aeneas) 1
Piano, Vocal
Thanks to these lonesome vales (from Dido And Aeneas)
The Knotting Song Z.371 1
Piano, Vocal
The Knotting Song Z.371
There's Not A Swain Of The Plain 1
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar
Theres Not A Swain Of The Plain
Thou Knowest, Lord, The Secrets Of Our Hearts (Henry Purcell) 2
Piano, SATB
Thou Knowest, Lord, The Secrets Of Our Hearts
Thrice Happy Lovers 1
Piano, Vocal
 
Trumpet Tune (Henry Purcell) 34
Organ, Piano, Lyrics & Chords, Cello, Accordion, French Horn, Trumpet, Clarinet, Violin, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Guitar TAB, Banjo, Viola, Trombone, Lead Sheet, Woodwind Solo, Guitar
Trumpet Tune
Trumpet Voluntary 72
Piano, Trumpet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Violin, Viola, Clarinet, String Quartet, Cello, Brass Quintet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Lyrics & Chords, Accordion, Tenor Saxophone, Guitar TAB, Banjo, Lead Sheet
Trumpet Voluntary
Turn Then Thine Eyes 1
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar
Turn Then Thine Eyes
Two Ceremonial Classics for Brass Ensemble (Jeff Jarvis) 5
Brass Ensemble, Piano, Trumpet
Two Ceremonial Classics for Brass Ensemble
Two Ceremonial Classics for Brass Ensemble - Trumpets (Thomas Campbell) 5
Brass Ensemble, Trumpet
Two Ceremonial Classics for Brass Ensemble - Trumpets
Two Rounds 4
Flute, Clarinet, Instrumental Solo
Two Rounds
Voluntary and March - Orchestra 9
Orchestra, Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitar, Piano, Percussion
Voluntary and March - Orchestra
We Sing To Him (Benjamin Britten) 1
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar
We Sing To Him
We Sing To Him (Henry Purcell) 1
Piano, Vocal
We Sing To Him
We Sing To Him Whose Wisdom Formed The Ear (from Playfords Harmonica Sacra) 2
Piano, Vocal
We Sing To Him Whose Wisdom Formed The Ear (from Playfords Harmonica Sacra)
What power art thou 1
Piano, Vocal
 
When I Am Laid In Earth (from Dido And Aeneas) 6
Piano, Vocal
When I Am Laid In Earth (from Dido And Aeneas)
When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas) 1
Piano, Vocal
When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)