Ramsey, Robert , English organist and composer; b. c. 1595; d. after 1644. He took his B.Mus. at Cambridge in 1616, and was organist of Trinity Coll. (1628–4) and Master of the Children (1637–44). He wrote numerous church services, anthems, and madrigals, which remained in MS until 1962, when an Evening Service and some madrigals were publ. in England. More recently E. Thompson ed. Robert Ramsey: English Sacred Music, in Early English Church Music, VII (London, 1967), and Robert Ramsey: Latin Sacred Music, I-II, ibid., XX (1978) and XXXI (1986). See also I. Spink, ed., English Songs 1625–1660, in Musica Britannica, XXXIII (London, 1971).
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