Christopher Simpson

(c. 1602—1669) composer and musician

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(b ?Egton, Yorks., c.1602; d ?London, May or June 1669). English musician, theorist, and composer. He was a virtuoso player of the bass viol, and entered the service of Sir Robert Bolles in Lincolnshire after the Civil War (during which he fought for the royalists). He was much sought after as a viol player, and is now known principally for his writings on that instrument and on the art of ornamentation; the most important is The Division-Violist (London, 1659). His Compendium of Practical Musik (London, 1667) was respected by Henry Purcell. He wrote viol music suitable both for amateurs and for advanced players.

From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.

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