Nicholson, Richard [ Richard Nicolson] (b c.1570; d Oxford, 1639). Eng. composer and organist. Org. and choirmaster Magdalen Coll., Oxford, from 1595. First prof. of mus., Oxford Univ., 1626–39. Wrote madrigals, motets, and Joan, quoth John, when will this be? a madrigal cycle for 3 vv. which has been called the first song-cycle. Contrib. 5-part madrigal Sing shepherds all to The Triumphs of Oriana.
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