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Blow, John

Born: 1648 AD
Died: 1708 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Composers, Organist

1649 – John Blow was born at North Collingham in Nottinghamshire.


1669 – Blow became organist of Westminster Abbey.


1673 – He was made a gentleman of the Chapel Royal.


       – In September, he married Elizabeth Braddock.


1678 – He was a doctor of music.


1680 – He had retired or been dismissed to make way for Purcell.


1680-1687 – Wrote his stage composition, the Masque for the entertainment of the King, Venus and Adonis.


1682 – Blow wrote Great sir, the joy of all our hearts, an ode for New Year’s Day.


1685 – Named as one of the private musicians of James II.


1687 – Became master of the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral.


1695 – Elected organist of St Margaret’s, Westminste.


1699 – Appointed to the newly created post of Composer to the Chapel Royal.


1708 – He died on 1st of October at his house in Broad Sanctuary, and was buried in the north aisle of Westminster Abbey.