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Nicholas Ludford

(c. 1490—1557) composer


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(bc.1485; d ?London, c.1557). English composer. He was a singer at the collegiate chapel of St Stephen, Westminster, until its dissolution by Henry VIII in 1547. His output included at least 17 masses—more than by any other English composer—of which three are now lost and three survive incomplete. Seven of them form a unique cycle of Lady masses for three voices, written in a manuscript that once belonged to Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. Like his more famous contemporary, John Taverner, Ludford wrote mostly in an idiom that emphasized abstract grandeur and exuberance of florid detail, rather than humanistic expressiveness or concision.

From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.

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