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Thomas Campion

(1567—1620) poet and musician


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(b London, 1567; d Witham, 1620).

Eng. composer, poet, lawyer, and physician. Admitted to Gray's Inn 1586 and from 1588 took part in plays and masques. Pubd. first Book of Ayres, with a group by Rosseter, 1601, following it with 4 more (1610–12) in which he wrote both mus. and words, with lute acc. Wrote several masques for perf. at James I's court, critique of Eng. poetry, and treatise on counterpoint (1613)—a prototype ‘Elizabethan man’, proficient in all the arts.

Subjects: Music — Literature.


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