Improve Your Vocabulary with Henry Purcell

August 7, 2021, 4:30 pm

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Cropped portrait of Henry Purcell
Robert White, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

In this episode, you will learn the words epithalamium, epicedium, and expostulation. It’s not a list of SAT words, it’s a survey of vocal works by the versatile Baroque era composer Henry Purcell. Dubbed the English Orpheus, Purcell was prolific in composing not just for the theatre, but also for the church, for the court, and for public displays of grief.


Playlist to include works by Henry Purcell from Harmonia Sacra, The Fairy Queen, and the Ode to St. Cecilia.