Thomas Tomkins

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... read moreMember of a musical family, English composer Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656) was a student of William Byrd. From 1596, Tomkins was organist at Worcester Cathedral, a post he would hold nearly his whole life. In the 1620s, Tomkins shared organist duties at the Chapel Royal with Orlando Gibbons, but never...

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Thomas Tomkins
Tomkins: When David Heard
5:35
Thomas Tomkins
The Lady Folliott's Galliard
1:30
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Tomkins: O Lord Let Me Know Mine End
6:43
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Barafostus' Dream
5:59
Thomas Tomkins
Barafostus Dreame: Thomas Tomkins 1572 - 1656 Barafostus Dreame (2)
5:35

Biography

Country Of origin: Wales

Tomkins composed over one hundred anthems contained in "Musica Deo sacra," numerous madrigals of which "When David heard" is considered to be one of the most powerful settings for this text, fifty keyboard pieces and some unique galliards, pavans and fantasias for the viol family ensemble. Byrd was probably one of Tomkins teachers. He served as an organist for Worcester Cathedral and was a Gentleman in Ordinary of the Chapel Royal by 1620. More than likely he was present at the coronation of James I but he definitely composed music for the coronation of Charles I. He was an admired successor to Byrd though his contemporary compositions were often criticized for being anachronistic. ~ Keith Johnson~ Rovi

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