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John Wilbye

(7 March 1574 - September 1638 / Brome, Suffolk)

John Wilbye
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John Wilbye, was an English madrigal composer.

Life

The son of a tanner, he was born at Brome, Suffolk, near Diss, and received the patronage of the Cornwallis family. It is thought that he accompanied Elizabeth Cornwallis to Hengrave Hall near Bury St. Edmunds circa 1594 when she married Sir Thomas Kytson the Younger.

A set of madrigals by him appeared in 1598 and a second in 1608, the two sets containing sixty-four pieces. In 1600, he was chosen to proofread John Dowland's Second Booke of Songs. In 1628, on the death of Elizabeth Cornwallis, Wilbye went to live with her daughter Mary Darcy, Countess Rivers in Colchester, where he died. He is buried ... more »

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  • Rookie David John (4/28/2011 5:09:00 PM)

    one can't tell how good he is until one goes thru his plays. He (shakespeare) is too good.

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