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Thomas Morley was born in England in 1557. This composer belonged to the Renaissance period, and died in 1602. Morley

Thomas Morley (1557-1602) was born in Norwich, England,  and was a choirboy there in the cathedral   He studied with William Byrd.  In 1583 he became choirmaster at Norwich.   Later he studied at Oxford, then he went to London as organist at St Paul's Cathedral.

As well as composing music, Morley became a publisher, especially of madrigals, including earlier Italian ones. However, his own Madrigals acquired his own distinctive character, with tuneful, light melodies in the soprano part, and plenty of counterpoint in the other parts. This became established as the "English" style of madrigal, and it was widely adopted by other English composers of this period.

 


Works written by Morley      
Audio is available for 2 tunes by this composer.
      
No.Name of WorkCategoryEnsembleSoloInstrument
1 It was a Lover and his LassSongDuetVoice
2 Now is the Month of MayingChamber MusicChoirChoirVoices
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