Adson, John, English composer; place and date of birth unknown; d. London, 1640. He was in the service of the Duke of Lorraine (1604–08). In 1614 he was made a London wait. In 1625 he entered the English court band. By 1633 he was musician in ordinary for the King’s wind instruments, and in 1634 he was named music teacher to Charles I. He publ. Courtly Masquing Ayres (London, 1611; 2nd ed., 1622).
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