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Weelkes, Thomas

Weelkes, Thomas (b ?Elstead, Sussex, c.1576; d London, 1623). Eng. composer and organist. Book of madrigals in 3, 4, 5, and 6 vv. pubd. 1597, followed in 1600 by 2 further books, one of 5-part madrigals, the other of 6-part. Organist, Winchester College, 1598. Wrote 6-part madrigal As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending for The Triumphs of Oriana, 1601. Took Mus.B., Oxford Univ., 1602. Organist, Chichester Cath. from c.1601–2. His Ayres or Phantasticke Spirites for 3 vv. was pubd. 1608, and shows a lighter, satirical side to his art. One of greatest of Eng. madrigalists, with daring harmonies and imaginative expression. O Care, wilt though despatch me, Thule, the period of cosmography, and Like two proud armies are among the finest examples of their kind. Wrote much church mus., incl. many anthems (notably Hosanna to the Son of David), and instr. pieces for viols, In Nomines, pavans, etc. Wrote 3-part song, Death hath Deprived me of my Dearest Friend, in memory of Morley. Buried in St Bride's, Fleet Street.

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Weelkes, Thomas

Thomas Weelkes, c.1575–1623, English composer. His four books of madrigals (1597–1600) mark Weelkes as one of the great English madrigalists. His music is remarkable for melodic characterization and innovative use of chromatic harmonic progressions. The Triumphs of Oriana contains his popular "As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending." In 1602, Weelkes became organist of Chichester Cathedral. Of his 10 church services that survive in fragments, all are of interest for their original treatment of the liturgy. He also wrote anthems and a few instrumental works.

See study by D. Brown (1969).

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Weelkes, Thomas

Weelkes, Thomas (c.1575–1623) English madrigal composer and organist. Almost 100 of his madrigals have survived, the finest being sets of five- and six-part madrigals.

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