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Pur·cell(pûr′səl, pûr-sĕl′), Henry 1659-1695.
English composer and the leading musical figure of the baroque style in England.
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1. (Biography) Edward Mills. 1912–97, US physicist, noted for his work on the magnetic moments of atomic nuclei: shared the Nobel prize for physics (1952)
2. (Biography) Henry. ?1659–95, English composer, noted chiefly for his rhythmic and harmonic subtlety in setting words. His works include the opera Dido and Aeneas (1689), music for the theatrical pieces King Arthur (1691) and The Fairy Queen (1692), several choral odes, fantasias, sonatas, and church music
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Pur•cell(pɜrˈsɛl for 1; ˈpɜr səl for 2 )
1. Edward Mills, 1912–97, U.S. physicist: Nobel prize 1952.
2. Henry, 1659–95, English composer.
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