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  Church Music Composers
Nowadays we think of him as a ‘one piece’ composer, remembered for his short anthem Cantate Domino, but his compositions number , almost all sacred music. They include  Masses, c. Psalm settings and  motets.
POULENC, Francis (1899–1963). French pianist and composer belonging to a group of modern composers called ‘Les Six’. Best known for his instrumental and orchestral works, which include a famous concerto for organ, he composed church music, notably a Mass in G, Salve Regina and Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence followed in  by Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël.
PURCELL, Henry (1659–1695). Said by many to be the greatest English composer of all time, he was organist of Westminster Abbey from the age of  until his death also serving simultaneously at the Chapel Royal from . He developed an individual style of English Baroque music which was different to that prevailing in Italy or France. Composer of operas including Dido and Aeneas, a vast amount of instrumental music, songs, theatre music, a complete Service in B flat, an Evening Service in G minor and around  anthems including Rejoice in the Lord alway (the Bell anthem), They that go down to the sea in ships, Jehova, quam multi sunt, Hear my prayer and Remember not, Lord, our offences to name but a few. Many of these have solo verses and use strings as well as organ. He composed Funeral Music for Queen Mary for her funeral in  and a few weeks later it was used for his own funeral.

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