Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695)
Henry Purcell was a British composer who lived in the late 17th century. He is considered one of the greatest composers of the Baroque era, and his work has had a lasting impact on classical music.
Purcell is best known for his operas and vocal music, which were popular in England during his lifetime. He also composed instrumental music, including pieces for the harpsichord and violin. His compositions often had a strong influence from English folk music, as well as French and Italian styles.
Purcell's most famous work is probably his opera Dido and Aeneas, which tells the story of the love between Dido, the Queen of Carthage, and Aeneas, a Trojan prince. This opera is still performed today and is considered a masterpiece of Baroque opera. Purcell's other notable works include his odes and hymns, which were often performed during important ceremonies and celebrations in England. His music continues to be celebrated and admired by classical music lovers around the world.