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(d 1708 )

John Blow was the most significant English composer in the generation before Henry Purcell, ten years his junior, whom he outlived by thirteen years. Born in 1649, the year of the execution of King Charles I, he was young enough to benefit from the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, with the revival of church music.

Dramatic Works

Blow’s masque Venus and Adonis, a charming masque designed for the king’s entertainment, influenced Purcell’s better-known short opera Dido and Aeneas, by the side of which it deserves a place.

Sacred and Secular Vocal Music

Like Purcell, Blow wrote music mourning the death of Queen Mary, a monarch for whom he had six years earlier written coronation music, when, with her Dutch husband William of Orange, she had succeeded her Catholic father, King James II. His works include a quantity of vocal music, sacred and secular, the former including a well-known setting of The Lord is my shepherd. Anthems include the distinguished I beheld, and lo! a great multitude, a verse anthem, with the customary instrumental accompaniment. For the coronation of King James II in 1685 he wrote the anthem God spake sometime in visions.

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BLOW, J.: Venus and Adonis (Ritchie, Clinton, Field-Hyde, A. Lewis) (1953) Naxos Classical Archives
Brass Septet Music, Vol. 2 - HANDEL, G.F. / PURCELL, H. / RAMEAU, J.-P. / BLOW, J. (Septura) Naxos
Chamber Music
Chamber and Vocal Music - CASTELLO, D. / ECCLES, J. / VERACINI, F.M. / HANDEL, G.F. / VIVALDI, A. / FINGER, G. / UCCELLINI, M. (Crazy) (I Furiosi) Dorian Sono Luminus
Chamber Music
Early English Organ Music, Vol. 1 Naxos
LEGENDS OF THE PIANO - Acoustic Recordings 1901-1924 Naxos Historical
Organ Music - FROBERGER, J. / POGLIETTI, A. / SCHERER, S. / KERLL, J. (Historic Organ Series, Vol. 5) (Marcon) Divox
Organ Recital: Koopman, Ton - BULL, J. / TOMKINS, T. / GIBBONS, O. / PURCELL, H. / BLOW, J. / BYRD, W. / BOYCE, W. (The Organ at Adlington Hall) Capriccio
Organ Recital: Koopman, Ton – PURCELL, H. / TOMKINS, T. / BLOW, J. / CARLTON, N. / BULL, J. / HANDEL, G.F. / WALOND, W. / BURNEY, C. Capriccio
Organ Recital: Wellingham, John - BACH, J.S. / BOYCE, W. / BYRD, W. / CORELLI, A. / HANDEL, G.F. (The 1743 Daniel Strahle Organ) Proprius
PURCELL / BOHM / GRIGNY / BLOW / BACH, J.S.: Organ Works Oehms Classics
Vocal and Chamber Music - PURCELL, H. / ALDRICH, H. / D'URFEY, T. / JONES, R. (The Art of the Bawdy Song) (Baltimore Consort, The Merry Companions) Dorian Sono Luminus
Vocal Ensemble
Vocal Recital: Baird, Julianne - PURCELL, H. / ARNE, T.A. / BLOW, J. (English Mad Songs and Ayres) (Baird) Dorian Sono Luminus
Role: Lyricist 
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