Purcell scholars, in particular, have for years tried to remove from his canon much of the poorer music ascribed to him, often attributing it to Daniel Purcell, his brother, solely on the grounds of quality.
In an attempt to establish a reliable work-list for Daniel Purcell (and,
indirectly, for Henry), his musical style has been studied, and the authorship
of works erroneously attributed to other composers, or spuriously to Daniel
himself, has been examined. By using a number of detailed musical examples
and, importantly, looking at the sources in which they survive, differences
in the authorship of certain works may be established.