John Wilson

(1595—1674) composer and musician

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(b Faversham, Kent, 1595; d Westminster, 1674).

Eng. composer, singer, lutenist, and viol‐player. Set some of Shakespeare's songs, and is thought to be the ‘Jack Wilson’ who acted and sang in Shakespeare's co. Court musician to Charles I 1635; prof. of mus., Oxford Univ., 1656–61; court musician to Charles II 1660; Gentleman of Chapel Royal 1662. Wrote catches, church mus., and fantasies for lute.

Subjects: Music — Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

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