John Blow

John Blow Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    23rd February 1649
  • Died
    1st October 1708
  • Birthplace
    Collingham in Nottinghamshire, England

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 (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.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
The Lord Hear Thee in the Day of Trouble Anthem Choir and Instrument
Air in C major Aria / Arietta Organ
An Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell Funeral Music Voice(s) and Orchestra
Venus and Adonis Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Prelude in C major Prelude Organ
Salvator Mundi Sacred Mass Voice(s) and Instruments
Amphion Anglicus Song Cycle Voice(s) and Orchestra