(Born; Oxford, 1583; Died; Canterbury, 5 June 1625). English
composer. He came from a musical family and was a chorister (1596-8) and student
(1599-1603) at King's College, Cambridge. He joined the Chapel Royal in Circa; 1603 and
was one of its organists by 1615 (senior organist, 1625). In 1619 he became a virginal player at court and in 1623 organist at Westminster Abbey. He took the MusB at Cambridge (1606) and the DMus at Oxford (1622). One of the most important English composers of sacred music in the early 17th century, he wrote several Anglican services, popular in their day, and over 30 anthems, some imposing and dramatic (e.g. O clap your hands), others colourful and most expressive (See, the word is incarnate; This is the record of John). His instrumental music, also important, includes over 30 elaborate contrapuntal
viol fantasias and over 40 masterly keyboard pieces. His madrigals (1612) are generally
serious in tone (e.g. The Silver Swanne).
Sacred vocal music over 30 anthems; 2
services; psalms; Te Deum; hymn tunes
Secular vocal music 14 madrigals, incl.
The Silver Swanne; consort songs
Instrumental music over 30 fantasias,
viol; pavans and galliards; In Nomines; kbd almans, pavans, fantasias, galliards
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