Meli, Davis, English violinist and composer; b. Wilton, Nov. 15, 1604; d. London, April 4, 1662. He was a violinist in the court band by 1625. In 1654 he became a violinist in Cromwell’s private band. At the Restoration in 1660, he reentered the royal service as co-master of the King’s Band. Some 54 of his dances for Violin and Basso Continuo were publ, in the form of 12 suites in Playford’s Courtly Masquing Ayres (London, 1662).
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