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Blow, John (1649-1708)

John Blow

born: 1649
died: 1 October 1708
country: United Kingdom

Like Purcell, one of the choirboys of the refounded Chapel Royal at the Restoration. Resigned as organist of Westminster Abbey in favour of Purcell in 1679, taking up the post again on Purcell’s death. He went on to hold this post in plurality with being Organist of the Chapel Royal and St Paul’s Cathedral. Blow wrote a great deal of music, a fact which, combined with his enthusiasm for holding every senior musical position himself, may account for its uneven quality. He was however long considered one of the very greatest of English musicians and his reputation, now overshadowed by that of his younger contemporary and protégé, is probably due for a reappraisal. The two men owed much to each other and to the Chapel which brought them together.

from notes by Andrew Gant © 2007


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