Donald Macleod focuses on the theatre music Purcell wrote under a new regime - of William and Mary.
In the last five years of his life Purcell was to contribute music to around 50 stage productions. The reign of William and Mary brought about a scaling back of court music, so the composer turned to the theatre as a source of income. He became a more public figure in the process, and began to work with playwrights such as John Dryden, chief poet of the Restoration. With Donald Macleod.