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Robert Johnson

(c. 1583—1633) composer and lutenist


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(b London, c.1583; d London, 1633).

Eng. composer and lutenist. Appointed as one of King's Musicians 1604. Composed instr. pieces, catches, and songs. His settings of Full Fathom Five and Where the Bee Sucks from Shakespeare's The Tempest are thought to have been comp. for the orig. prod. Also wrote mus. for plays by Ben Jonson and for Webster's The Duchess of Malfi (‘Oh, let us howl’, c.1613).

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