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Pain, Pleasure and Purcell: Why a Ground Bass Hurts So Good

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How Henry Purcell transformed cycles of desire and pain into some of the most satisfying music ever composed.
10:00AM
July
30, 2014

From the circular ground bass patterns of Baroque music, to the Guggenheim Museum’s sloping, spiraling floors, Classical 101′s Jennifer Hambrick explains how Henry Purcell transformed pain into pleasure – and into some of the most satisfying music ever composed.

Purcell’s Groove: The Anatomy of an Unlikely Musical Obsession

Les Concert des Nations in performance.
Les Concert des Nations in performance.
10:30AM
July
21, 2014

Classical 101′s Jennifer Hambrick found an unlikely musical obsession in a gorgeous performance of a tiny little movement by Henry Purcell.

Purcell’s Three Parts Upon A Ground – What’s A Ground Bass Anyway?

Green Day performs on stage.
What do Green Day and Henry Purcell have in common? Read on.
9:01AM
April
14, 2011

Punk rock and Henry Purcell have more in common than you’d think. Learn some music terminology and impress your friends!