Air by John Blow

Air by John Blow (1649-1708)

John Blow 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 (c. 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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Musical Pastime by Valentin Rathgeber

Musical Pastime by Valentin Rathgeber (1682-1750)

Johann Valentin Rathgeber was a German composer, organist and choirmaster of the Baroque Era. Valentin Rathgeber was a versatile and productive composer and he was one of the most popular and respected composers in the southern Germany. He composed both secular and sacred works, but the most of his output are sacred vocal works.
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