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Robert Ramsey

(c. 1595—1644) composer and organist


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(fl Cambridge, 1616–44). English composer. He took the Cambridge degree in 1616, and from 1628 until 1644 worked at Trinity College, first as organist and later as Master of the Children. He wrote church music, consort and continuo songs, and madrigals. His style, like that of his contemporaries Deering and Philips, is expressive and Italianate, and though most of his music is written in the polyphonic idiom of the prima pratica, his What tears, dear Prince (probably written on the death of Prince Henry in 1612) is an early example of an English monodic song.

From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.

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