Kirbye, George, English composer; b. c. 1565; d. Bury St. Edmunds (buried), Oct. 6, 1634. He served as a domestic musician at Rushbrooke Hall, near Bury St. Edmunds. He was a gifted madrigalist, as revealed in his The first set of English madrigalls, to 4. 5. & 6. voyces (London, 1597; ed. by E. Fellowes and rev. by T. Dart inThe English Madrigalists, London, 2nd ed., 1961). He was also a fine composer of sacred music, and contributed 19 pieces to East’s The Whole Booke of Psalmes (London, 1592).
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