The Two Musical Personalities of Thomas Weelkes

Philip Brett

in William Byrd and His Contemporaries

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247581
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932838 | DOI:
The Two Musical Personalities of Thomas Weelkes

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This chapter examines David Brown's book concerning the two musical personalities of Thomas Weelkes. It explains the Weelkes practiced one style in his madrigal publications and another in his Anglican services and anthems, questioning some aspects of Brown's critical assessment and re-affirming as strongly as possible the pre-eminence of Weelkes the madrigalist. The chapter also offers a partial explanation for some of the composer's structural tendencies that links him more firmly to the native tradition of William Byrd.

Keywords: Thomas Weelkes; David Brown; musical personalities; madrigalist; structural tendencies; composer; William Byrd

Chapter.  3768 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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