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Acknowledgements Abbreviations Preface Part I. Stylistic Development and Influences: 1. Early years at court and home (developments to c. 1680) 2. Years of experiment (c.1680-c.1685) 3. Consolidation (c. 1685-c.1688) 4. Public recognition (c. 1689-c.1691) 5. '... meaning motion fans fresh our wits with wonder' (c. 1692-1695) Part II. Analytical and Generic Studies: 6. 'Clog'd with somewhat of an English vein' - early instrumental music 7. 'Bassani's genius to Corelli joyn'd' - instrumental music in the odes, the anthems and on the stage 8. Early mastery - sacred music to c. 1685 9. Brilliance and decline - sacred music after c. 1685 10. 'The energy of English words' - independent songs for one or more voices 11. A new genre - odes to c. 1689 12. Mastery - odes from c. 1689 to 1695 13. Background and beginnings - dramatic music to 1689 14. 'An English-man, equal with the best abroad' - dramatic music from 1690 to 1691 15. 'The pride and darling of the stage' - dramatic music from 1692 to 1695 Notes Select bibliography.