Morley, Thomas

Morley, Thomas,

c.1557–1603, English composer; pupil of William Byrd. He was gentleman of the Chapel Royal to Queen Elizabeth I and organist of St. Paul's Cathedral. He set to music some of Shakespeare's songs. Morley's works include motets, music for Anglican services, madrigals that are among the most charming examples of this form. He wrote a unique guide to 16th-century English musical practice, A Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practicall Musicke (1597, new ed. 1952).
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Byrd closes with a candid assessment of his personality, character, and musical legacy and a thoughtful accounting of the celebrated composer's stature and influence among his contemporaries, pupils, and successors, including Thomas Morley, Thomas Tomkins, Thomas Weelkes, Orlando Gibbons, Peter Philips, John Bull, and Henry Purcell.
The program will include English and Italian motets and madrigals by such Renaissance composers as Thomas Morley, Thomas Ravenscroft, Luca Marenzio and Giovanni Palestrina.