Henry Purcell and the Music of 17th-Century London

Rivers of Music: The Thames

June 04 – 06, 2021
St. Mark's Church
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With the Restoration of the English monarchy in 1660, the great city on the River Thames experienced an era of renewed musical creativity. Henry Purcell provided marvelous music for the public theater and the court of Charles II, where he was preceded by Matthew Locke. Both composers set dramatic songs from Shakespeare’s The Tempest and wrote stunning instrumental works that pull against the tide with their daring harmonies. With fantasias and sonatas by other English composers, including works by longtime London resident and viola da gamba pioneer Christopher Simpson, the Folger Consort celebrates the waves of refinement and expressivity heard in the early English Baroque. With soprano, strings, and harpsichord.

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