Bevili, Elway

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Bevili, Elway

Bevili, Elway, Welsh organist and composer; b. c. 1554; d. (buried) Bristol, Oct. 19, 1638. He may have been a pupil of Tallis. After serving as vicar-choral at Wells Cathedral (1579–80), he was master of the choristers (1585–89) and then organist at Bristol Cathedral. In 1605 he was made a Gentleman Extraordinary of the Chapel Royal. He publ. the valuable tract A Briefe and Short Instruction in the Art of Musicke (London, 1631). His extant works include a Dorian or Short Service, 2 incomplete evening services, 5 anthems, and 2 secular songs.


G. Hooper, E. B. (Bristol, 1971).

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