(Born; St Davids, 1572; Died; Martin Hussingtree, bur. 9
June 1656). Welsh composer. From a musical family, he claimed Byrd as his teacher. He
divided his time between Worcester Cathedral (organist from 1596) and London, becoming a
Gentleman in Ordinary of the Chapel Royal by 1620, assistant organist from 1621 and senior
organist from 1625; that year he wrote music for Charles I's coronation. He left Worcester
in 1654. A prolific and respected successor of Byrd, he composed church music, including
over 100 anthems (Musica Deo sacra, 1668), madrigals (1622, among them When
David heard, a moving, polyphonic setting of a powerful text), over 50 keyboard pieces
and a few highly original fantasias, pavans and galliards for viol consort. His
half-brothers John, Giles and Robert and his son Nathaniel were also musicians.
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