Topic | Looking for a Purcell biography

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  • Sara B.

    Anyone know of a good one?  I found a few on Amazon, but not sure which to go with.  The 3 I found are Henry Purcell (Oxford Studies of Composers), Purcell: A Biography, and In The Choir Of Westminster Abbey : A Story Of Henry Purcell’s Days.  He seems to not have much written about him.  I do prefer a book, if possible.  Doesn’t have to be long, and I really don’t want little “articles” people have written about him all put into a book (found a couple of those, too).

    Oh, my kids are ages 9 and under.  Thanks, all!


    I would take a guess to say the Oxford may be too much for your kids’ ages… in reading its accolades on Amazon, it almost seems like that series is more of something I’d have used as a reference during music history courses as a music major. (Not sure, but that’s the feeling I get.)

    You can view The Choir of Westminster Abbey online at Open Library (It definitely sounds very much like a “living book!”):

    And you can preview the Purcell: A Biography (the cover is the hardcover edition) here:

    Hope this helps a bit!

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