Walter Frye

(c. 1404—1474) composer

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(d before June 1475). English church musician and composer. He may have worked at Ely Cathedral and in London before moving into the service of Anne of Exeter, elder sister of Edward IV. Through this latter connection he visited the Burgundian court, where his works were known and copied in manuscript. Several of his motets were unusually widely circulated in his lifetime; one of them, Ave regina celorum, even features in paintings of angel musicians, where the piece is notated on a scroll. Frye also composed some impressive cyclic masses, and rare early examples of English-texted polyphonic songs.

From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Music.

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