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John Blow

1649-1708 GB, Nottinghamshire
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John Blow (baptised 23 February 1649 – 1 October 1708) was an English Baroque composer and organist, appointed to Westminster Abbey in 1669. His pupils included William Croft, Jeremiah Clarke and Henry Purcell. In 1685 he was named a private musician to James II. His only stage composition, Venus and Adonis (ca. 1680–1687), was thought to influence Henry Purcell's later opera Dido and Aeneas. In 1687 he became choirmaster at St Paul's Cathedral, where many of his pieces were performed. In 1699 he was appointed to the newly created post of Composer to the Chapel Royal.

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Sonata in A Major for Two Violins and Bass Continuo: II. Untitled on An Excess of Pleasure by Palladian Ensemble
Venus & Adonis, Act I: The Act Tune on Blow: Venus & Adonis by John Blow, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & René Jacobs
Let my Prayer come up on Coronation Anthems by Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of New College, Oxford & Edward Higginbottom
Chacony in G on Chaconne by Musica Antiqua Köln & Reinhard Goebel
Blow: Salvator mundi on Music of the Chapels Royal by John Eliot Gardiner & English Baroque Soloists
Venus & Adonis: Overture on Blow: Venus & Adonis by John Blow, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & René Jacobs
Venus & Adonis, Prologue: "Come Shepherds All" (Shephers, Shepherdess) on Blow: Venus & Adonis by John Blow, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & René Jacobs
Venus & Adonis, Prologue: "Behold My Arrows and My Bow" (Cupid, Chorus) on Blow: Venus & Adonis by John Blow, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & René Jacobs
Venus & Adonis, Act I: Hunter's Music. "Hark, Hark the Rural Music Sounds" (Venus) on Blow: Venus & Adonis by John Blow, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & René Jacobs
Ground in G Minor [17th Century, discovered at Bodleian Library by Elizabeth Hirst] on Trio Sonata in 17th Century England by London Baroque

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Title Artist Year Type
An Ode On The Death Of Mr Henry PurcellJohn Blow – Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen2017Album
Purcell / Locke/Blow / GibbonsEnglish Concert, Harry Bicket, Rosemary Joshua, Sarah Connolly, Henry Purcell, Matthew Locke, John Blow, Christopher Gibbons2017Album
Music For Brass Septet • 2Georg Friedrich Händel, Henry Purcell, Jean-Philippe Rameau, John Blow, Septura2015Album
Venus Et AdonisJohn Blow, Céline Scheen, Marc Mauillon, Les Musiciens Du Paradis, Maîtrise Du Conservatoire De Caen, Bertrand Cuiller2013Album
Venus And AdonisJohn Blow - Theatre Of The Ayre2011Album
Venus & Adonis - Organ VoluntariesJohn Blow, Catherine Bott, Michael George, Choristers Of Westminster Abbey, New London Consort, Philip Pickett, Gustav Leonhardt2003Album
The Coronation Of King George IIGeorg Friedrich Händel, Henry Purcell, John Blow, Thomas Tallis, Orlando Gibbons, John Farmer, William Child, The Choir Of The King's Consort, The King's Consort, Robert King2001Album
Venus & AdonisJohn Blow - Rosemary Joshua • Gerald Finley • Robin Blaze • The Choir Of Clare College • Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment • René Jacobs1999Album
Music For St Paul'sGeorg Friedrich Händel / John Blow / William Boyce - St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, The Parley Of Instruments, John Scott1998Album
ChaconneJohn Blow, Arcangelo Corelli, Georg Muffat, Johann Pezel, Henry Purcell, Musica Antiqua Köln, Reinhard Goebel1997Album
Sweeter Than Roses - Restoration Theatre SongsJohn Blow, John Eccles, Matthew Locke, Catherine Bott1996Album
Organ Works / Organ VoluntariesHenry Purcell, John Blow & Matthew Locke - John Butt1995Album
With Charming Notes (Songs & Instrumental Music)Henry Purcell & John Blow, Christine Brandes, Arcadian Academy With Mary Springfels, Nicholas McGegan1995Album
Odes To Saint CeciliaGiovanni Battista Draghi, John Blow, The Parley Of Instruments1995Album
AnthemsJohn Blow - Winchester Cathedral Choir, The Parley Of Instruments, David Hill1995Album
Venus & AdonisJohn Blow - Catherine Bott, Michael George, Libby Crabtree, The Choir Of Westminster Abbey, New London Consort, Philip Pickett1994Album
Awake My LyreJohn Blow, Red Byrd, The Parley Of Instruments1993Album
Ode For St. Cecilia's Day - AnthemsGeorg Friedrich Händel, John Blow - The King's College Choir Of Cambridge, David Willcocks1993Album
Odes On The Death Of Henry PurcellJeremiah Clarke, Henry Hall, John Blow, Thomas Morgan / Ruth Holton, Rogers Covey-Crump, Charles Daniels, Simon Birchall, The Parley Of Instruments, Roy Goodman, Peter Holman1992Album
Venus & Adonis / Cupid & DeathJohn Blow, Christopher Gibbons & Matthew Locke, The Consort Of Musicke1990Album
Venus & AdonisJohn Blow, Nancy Argenta, Lynne Dawson, Stephen Varcoe, London Baroque, Charles Medlam1988Album
Countertenor Duets By Purcell And BlowHenry Purcell And John Blow - James Bowman, Michael Chance, The King's Consort, Robert King1988Album
Welcome Every Guest - Songs From John Blow's Amphion AnglicusJohn Blow, The Consort Of Musicke1987Album
Coronation Music For King James IIJohn Blow • Henry Lawes • Henry Purcell • William Child • William Turner, The Choir Of Westminster Abbey, Simon Preston1987Album
Welcome Ev'ry GuestHenry Purcell - John Blow, Prague Madrigal Singers1987Album
Miserere / Spem In Alium / Stabat Mater / Magnificat / Burial Service / Coronation AnthemsGregorio Allegri / Thomas Tallis / Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina / William Croft / John Blow, The King's College Choir Of Cambridge, David Willcocks1986Album
Harmonia SacraHenry Purcell, Jeremiah Clarke, John Blow, William Croft, Pelham Humfrey, Concerto Vocale1982Album
For Ye Lovers and Masters of MusiqueDario Castello, Georg Friedrich Händel, Nicola Matteis, Arcangelo Corelli, John Blow, Jean-Marie Leclair, Capella Corelli1981Album
Music Of The "Chapels Royal"Henry Purcell - Matthew Locke - Pelham Humfrey - John Blow1980Album
Masters Of The Keyboard In EnglandWilliam Byrd / Giles Farnaby / John Blow / Matthew Locke / John Bull / William M. Babell / Thomas Arne - Harold Lester1980Album
Anthems By Purcell And BlowHenry Purcell And John Blow - Ely Cathedral Choir1978Album
Englische CembalomusikJohn Blow, William Croft, Henry Purcell, Bradford Tracey1978Album
English MotetsWilliam Byrd, Thomas Tallis, William Parsons, Thomas Morley, Deering, Peter Philips, John Blow, Henry Purcell, Thomas Arne1977Album
Ode On The Death Of Mr. Henry PurcellJohn Blow, Deller Consort, Alfred Deller1976Album
Coronation Athems - Symphony AthemsJohn Blow1975Album
Ode On The Death Of Mr. Henry Purcell / 6 Songs From "Amphion Anglicus"John Blow, James Bowman, René Jacobs, Leonhardt-Consort, Gustav Leonhardt1974Album
L'Orgue AnglaisThomas Tallis / Orlando Gibbons / John Bull / Matthew Locke / John Blow / Henry Purcell / John Stanley / Thomas Arne / William Boyce / Thomas Thorley / John Travers / John Bennett - Susan Landale1972Album
Venus And AdonisJohn Blow1971Album
Большой орган Рижского Домского собора.William Blitheman / John Blow / Henry Purcell / Paul Crunden-White, Johann Sebastian Bach - James Dalton1969Album
Ode On The Death Of Henry Purcell; Bring Shepherds Bring The Kids And Lambs ("Marriage Ode")John Blow, Deller Consort, Stour Music Festival Chamber Orchestra1967Album
An Ode On The Death Of Mr. Henry Purcell, For 2 Counter-Tenors, 2 Recorders, And Continuo / Selected Vocal And Instrumental Works By​ Henry PurcellJohn Blow / John Dryden / Henry Purcell / New York Pro Musica1965Album
Purcell: Welcome To All The Pleasures (Ode on St. Cecilia's Day 1683) ; Blow: Ode On The Death Of Henry PurcellHenry Purcell, Kalmar Chamber Orchestra London, John Blow, Alfred Deller1959Album
An Ode On The Death Of Mr. Henry PurcellJohn Blow, John Dryden, Henry Purcell1957Album
Ode Sur La Mort De Mr. Henry Purcell - Ode Au Mariage - Cloe Found AmyntasJohn Blow, Deller Consort, Stour Music Festival Chamber OrchestraAlbum
SongsHenry Purcell, John Blow, Nigel Rogers, Ingrid Stampa, Bradford TraceyAlbum
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