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Wilbye, John

Wilbye, John (b Diss, 1574; d Colchester, 1638). Eng. composer. Took post at Hengrave Hall, near Bury St Edmunds, 1593, remaining there for rest of his life and becoming wealthy landowner after 1613. Wrote some sacred motets but chiefly known as among greatest of Eng. madrigal sch. Absorbed It. influence of Marenzio, and incorporated solo-song features into his madrigals similar to lute air. Pubd. 2 books of madrigals, 1598 and 1609. Seems to have written nothing after 1614. Among best-known of his madrigals are: Adieu, sweet Amaryllis; All Pleasure is of this Condition; Down in a Valley; Draw on, Sweet Night; Flora gave me Fairest Flowers; Lady, your Words do Spite Me; Softly, softly; Stay, Corydon; Sweet Honey-Sucking Bees; Unkind, O Stay thy Flying; Weep, Weep mine Eyes.

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Wilbye, John

John Wilbye (wĬl´bē), 1574–1638, English madrigal composer. Although only two sets of his madrigals (1598, 1609) are extant, their excellence distinguishes him as perhaps the greatest English madrigalist of the 16th cent.

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