William Lawes

(1602—1645) instrumentalist and composer

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(b Dinton or Salisbury, 1602; d Chester, 1645).

Eng. composer, brother of Henry Lawes. One of private musicians attached to Charles I before and after he became King (1625). Comp. songs, madrigals, mus. for viols, and a large amount of mus. for the stage. Regarded as one of the greatest and most influential of Eng. composers. Joined royal army in Civil War in 1642 and was killed in siege of Chester.

Subjects: Music.

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