In his short life Henry Purcell (1659-1695) composed a not insignificant body of music, including the opera Dido and Aeneas, a landmark in the history of opera in English. His other stage works include King Arthur, The Fairy Queen and The Indian Queen. Purcell was attached to the Chapel Royal from a young age, first as a boy soprano and later as an organist. Not surprisingly, he composed a good deal of sacred music, including many anthems. He also wrote a large quantity of secular songs. In 1694 he composed music to be played at the funeral service for Queen Mary. The following year it was played at his own funeral.

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