John Farmer

(fl. c. 1581—1611) composer

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(fl 1591–1601). English church musician and composer. In 1595 he was appointed organist and choirmaster at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin; four years later he moved to London. His earliest published work (1591) is a set of canons, composed ‘in youth’ and dedicated to Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford. The same dedication heads his 1599 set of madrigals, some of which remain popular today—notably Fair Phyllis I saw sitting all alone. He also wrote metrical psalms, and contributed a piece to Morley's The Triumphes of Oriana (1601).

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