The Season after Pentecost 2021
In the 300th anniversary of his death, one is likely to encounter a performance of the "Blow Ode", written, of course, by John Blow. The piece is officially titled "An Ode, on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell" with the first line "Mark how the lark and linnet sing".
In 1680, Purcell succeeded his mentor, John Blow, as organist at Westminster Abbey. He held the post for some time until he "caught a chill after returning late from the theatre one night to find that his wife had locked him out" or "succumbed to chocolate poisoning" -- one of the two.
(A much less notable theory is that he contracted tuberculosis.)
In any case, he died in his mid-thirties as a result.
Previously in this series: Cooke, Robert (1768-1814)
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