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Thomas Weelkes

1576 - 1623
Born in England

Thomas Weelkes was an English composer known for his madrigals and church music. A madrigal is a piece for multiple voices, each of equal importance, set to fine poetry. Madrigals written around this time often used word painting, a term used to describe music that literally reflects a textís meaning.

Weelkes worked early in his career for several noble patrons. He later went on to make a living as an organist at Winchester College from 1598Ė1602. Many of his madrigals were composed around this time. He then went on to work as organist and choirmaster at Chichester Cathedral, holding a clerkship on the side. His work in the church likely led to him writing English anthems and ten complete Anglican services.

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