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Matthew Locke

(c. 1622—1677) organist and composer


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(b Exeter, c.1622; d London, 1677).

Eng. composer, especially of theatre music. Convert to Catholicism c.1650. Composer‐in‐ordinary to Charles II, 1661. Wrote incidental mus. for Shadwell's and Davenant's versions of Shakespeare plays (e.g. Macbeth and The Tempest), many anthems, 6 suites (some for recorder), Music for his Majesty's Sackbuts and Cornetts, Melothesia (studies for continuo, 1673). Also wrote pamphlets defending his style.

Subjects: Music.


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