Parsons, William, English composer who flourished in the mid 16th century. He was active at Wells Cathedral, where he served as vicar-choral in 1555. Parsons contributed 81 of the 141 settings found in John Day’s The Whole Psalmes in Foure Parts (1563). He also wrote anthems, services, and motets, but few have survived in full.
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