Henry Purcell's father was a musician employed at the court of Charles II. Henry was, first, a choirboy for four years, then he quickly turned to composing music, already as a child, publishing his compositions from the age of sixteen.
Meanwhile, he rose through the ranks of the royal court, from organ tuning and music copying, to 'Keeper of the King's instruments', to 'Composer in Ordinary for the King's violins', then organist of Westminster Abbey, followed by the even more prestigious 'Organist of the Chapel Royal'.
Purcell's harpsichord suites are nicely varied: the preludes, unplanned and spontaneous, give the composer the utmost scope for invention ; the dance movements reflect traditional rhythms of the time, both gay and stately...
Side One : Complete Harpsichord Suites, by Henry Purcell :-
1) No.1 in G major (Prelude - Almand - Corant - Minuet)
2) No.2 in G minor (Prelude - Almand - Corant - Saraband)
3) No.3 in G major (Prelude - Almand - Courante)
4) No.4 in A minor (Prelude - Almand - Corante - Saraband)
Side Two : Complete Harpsichord Suites continued... :-
1) No.5 in C major (Prelude - Almand - Corant)
2) No.6 in D major (Prelude - Almand - Hornpipe)
3) No.7 in D minor (Almand - Corant - Hornpipe)
4) No.8 in F major (Prelude - Almand - Courante - Minuet)
Records graded visually to RRPG grades (record/sleeve) EX-/VG+.