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Peter Holman and Robert Thompson

Member of Purcell family

(d Westminster, London, England, Aug 11, 1664). Singer. He is named as a performer in the 1656 edition of William Davenant's Siege of Rhodes, The. After the Restoration he became a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal and on 16 February 1661 he was appointed a singing-man and Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey. At this time he and his wife Elizabeth (d 1699) probably had three or four young sons, including (3) Henry (ii): the eldest, Edward, was aged five or six. Their daughter Katherine was baptized in Westminster Abbey in March 1662; (4) Daniel, if he was a son of (1) Henry (i) and not (2) Thomas, may have been born after his father's death, as he was still a Chapel Royal chorister in 1682. Administration of Henry's estate, worth £32 3s, was granted to Elizabeth in the court of the dean and chapter of Westminster on ...

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Peter Holman and Robert Thompson

Member of Purcell family

(d Westminster, London, England, July 31, 1682). Singer and court official, probable brother of (1) Henry Purcell (i). One of four Grooms of the Robes named shortly before the Restoration ( GB-Lbl Egerton MS 2542, f. 354), he soon afterwards became a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal and subsequently held further musical and other appointments at court; these included the post of composer for the violins, though there is no evidence that he actually wrote music for the royal violin band. On 24 June 1672 he succeeded Henry Cooke as marshal of the Corporation of Music. He was evidently a trusted and influential court official as well as a versatile musician, well placed to advance the career of his presumed nephew (3) Henry (ii). Unless (4) Daniel Purcell was their son, none of the several children born to Thomas Purcell and his wife Katherine became musicians, though one, Francis, followed him into court service. There is a catch, ...

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Eva Badura-Skoda and Roberto Pagano

Member of Scarlatti family

(b ?Palermo, 1669–72; d Naples, Aug 1, 1760). Tenor, brother of (1) Alessandro Scarlatti. He went to Naples at such an early age that he later knew nothing of his infancy in Sicily. He was apparently trained at the Conservatorio S Onofrio. On his marriage certificate (30 May 1701) he declared that he had never left Naples, but this detail conflicts with his presence in Crema at the beginning of the same year, when he was described as ‘virtuoso del duca di S Pietro’ and sang the principal role in Il Furio Camillo (the dedication on the libretto is dated 22 January 1701) and in L’innocenza giustificata. In 1703 he sang in his nephew Domenico’s Giustino in Naples. At the beginning of his career he played serious roles, but later specialized as a buffo tenor, contributing to the establishment of a Neapolitan version of an old ingredient of Venetian opera. Sartori (...