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(b ?Tostock, Suffolk, c. 1651; d Rougham, Norfolk, 1734).

Eng. author, lawyer, and musician. M.P. and Attorney‐Gen. under James II but in 1688 retired to country life at Rougham. Wrote many essays on mus. His reminiscences span from the time of consorts of viols heard in his boyhood to Purcell and the It. ‘invasion’ of early 18th cent. They are specially valuable for their detailed discussion of performing practice in his lifetime.

Subjects: Music.


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