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Henry Purcell

  1. A Musical Family – It was perhaps destined for Purcell to have a career in music due to all of his family also being musicians. His mother and father had close connections to the Royal Court, and this gave Purcell and his siblings the chance to perform and compose music in front of members of the Royal Court on a regular basis. His musical education started at a young age; Purcell first performed for the Royal family at age 9, with an Ode he had composed for Charles II’s birthday.
  2. Organist at Westminster Abbey – As well as being a popular composer of his time, Purcell also pursued a career being an organist. At the age of 20, Purcell landed the prestigious job of organist at Westminster Abbey. Ten years after this appointment in 1689, Purcell...

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