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Thomas Mace

(c. 1612—1706) musician and writer on music


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(b 1612 or 1613; d ?Cambridge, ?1706). English writer on music and composer. He seems to have spent much of his life in Cambridge. His Musick's Monument (London, 1676) is a verbose but important book: part 1 deals with psalmody, part 2 is a major study of the lute and how to play it, while part 3 explores ‘The Generous Viol, in its Rightest Use’ and includes performance suggestions for consort music. Some pieces in the book, used as music examples, were composed by Mace.

From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Music.


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