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Thomas Morley

voc, 1557-1602 GB, Norwich
Singer / Composer of Classical

Thomas Morley (1557 or 1558 – early October 1602) was an English composer, theorist, singer and organist of the Renaissance. He was one of the foremost members of the English Madrigal School. He was also involved in music publishing, and from 1598 up to his death he held a printing patent (a type of monopoly). He used the monopoly in partnership with professional music printers such as Thomas East. According to Philip Brett and Tessa Murray, Morley was 'chiefly responsible for grafting the Italian shoot on to the native stock and initiating the curiously brief but brilliant flowering of the madrigal that constitutes one of the most colourful episodes in the history of English music'.

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  • Folk
  • World
Popular Tracks   
The Third Dirge Anthem: I Heard a Voice from Heaven on Purcell, Morley & Tomkins: English Royal Funeral Music by Vox Luminis & Lionel Meunier
A lieta vita (Sing and we chant it) on Joyne Hands - English Renaissance Music by The Musicians of Swanne Alley
Morley: Now is the Month of Maying on The Sound of The King's Singers by The King's Singers
Now is the month of Maying on The Book of Madrigals by Amarcord & Michael Metzler
Burial Service: I. Man that is Born of a Woman on Thou Knowest Lord, the Secrets of Our Hearts by The Choir of Christ's College, Cambridge & David Rowland
April is in my mistress' face on Tudor Age Music by Trinity Baroque, Julian Podger, The Forbury Consort, Alan Crumpler, The Holbein Consort, Martin Pope & Steven Player
La Coranta on Joyne Hands - English Renaissance Music by The Musicians of Swanne Alley
Joyne Hands on Morley, T.: Joyne Hands / Akeroyde, S.: Jenny, My Blithest Maid / Nicholson, R.: the Jewes Dance by Baltimore Consort
Canzonets to Three Voyces: XI. O Fly Not on Trios for One by Josh Lee
The Frog Galliard, P 23a on My favorite Dowland by John Dowland & Paul O'Dette

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Title Artist Year Type
Songs Of EnglandHenry Purcell, Thomas Morley, Thomas Arne, Herbert Howells, Roger Quilter, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Jennifer Vyvyan, Norma Procter2017Compil.
English Royal Funeral MusicHenry Purcell / Thomas Morley / Thomas Tomkins - Vox Luminis / Lionel Meunier2013Album
The World Of English Ayres And MadrigalsJohn Dowland, Orlando Gibbons, John Wilbye, Thomas Morley - The Consort Of Musicke, Anthony Rooley2001Compil.
Musik Der RenaissanceGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina • William Byrd • Guillaume Dufay • John Dunstable • Thomas Morley • John Dowland1999Compil.
The Silver Swan (English Madrigals)The Consort Of Musicke, Anthony Rooley ; Orlando Gibbons, John Wilbye, Thomas Morley1998Compil.
The First Booke Of AyresThomas Morley, Nigel Rogers, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Eugen M. Dombois1998Compil.
Natale Con Telarc: Danze, Marce Ed ArieWolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Strauss Jr., Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Georg Friedrich Händel, Thomas Morley, Enrique Granados, Hector Berlioz, Anthony Holborne, Johannes Brahms, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov1994Compil.
Joyne Hands (Music Of Thomas Morley)Thomas Morley, The Musicians Of Swanne Alley, Red Byrd1991Album
Ayres And MadrigalsThomas Morley, The Consort Of Musicke, Anthony Rooley1983Album
Airs Baroques - Airs AnglaisDieterich Buxtehude, Georg Friedrich Händel, Bonifatio Gratiani, William Boyce, Thomas Morley, Henry Purcell1981Album
Les Triomphes D'OrianeThomas Morley - Deller Consort • The Morley Consort1979Album
English MotetsWilliam Byrd, Thomas Tallis, William Parsons, Thomas Morley, Deering, Peter Philips, John Blow, Henry Purcell, Thomas Arne1977Album
Bengt Ericson Performs Small Pieces For The Romantic Cello & Viola Da GambaBengt Ericson, Karin Langebo, Rolf La Fleur, Camille Saint-Saëns, Gaspar Cassadó, Gabriel Fauré, Jules Massenet, Fritz Kreisler, Marcel Tournier, Thomas Robinson, Thomas Morley, Orlando Gibbons, Georg Philipp Telemann, Carl Friedrich Abel1977Album
Musique ElisabethaineBetho Davezac, Daniel Bacheler, Baruch Bulman, Francis Cutting, John Dowland, Robert Johnson, Thomas Morley1974Album
Musik Aus Der Zeit Elisabeth I.Thomas Morley · Giles Farnaby · William Byrd · John Dowland · John Bull1974Compil.
Musique ElisabethaineBetho Davezac, Daniel Bacheler, Baruch Bulman, Francis Cutting, John Dowland, Robert Johnson, Thomas Morley1973Album
Kissing, Drinking And Insect SongsClaudio Monteverdi, Heinrich Schütz, Josquin Des Prés, Roland de Lassus, Carlo Gesualdo, John Dowland, John Farmer, Thomas Weelkes, Thomas Morley, William Lawes, Juan Ponçe, The Sine Nomine Singers, Harry Saltzman1972Album
Amorous Dialogues Of The RenaissanceChristopher Demantius, Andrea Gabrieli, Giovanni Gabrieli, Hans Leo Haßler, Roland de Lassus, Thomas Morley, Giaches De Wert, Adrian Willaert, Accademia Monteverdiana, Denis Stevens1972Album
Two Renaissance Dance Bands: Susato Dansereye 1551 / Morley Consort Lessons 1599Tielman Susato / Thomas Morley ; The The Early Music Consort Of London1971Album
The First Booke Of AyresThomas Morley1970Album
Elizabethan Lute SongsJulian Bream / Peter Pears - John Dowland • Thomas Ford • Thomas Morley • Philip Rosseter1970Album
Music For Passiontide - The MiserereThe Guildford Cathedral Choir, Barry Rose - Gregorio / Johann Sebastian Bach / William Byrd / Orlando Gibbons / Thomas Morley1967Album
Canzonets, Madrigals, and Ballets_Sechs Stücke für CembaloThomas Morley1962Album
Elizabethan And Jacobean Ayres, Madrigals And DancesNew York Pro Musica, Noah Greenberg - William Byrd / Orlando Gibbons / Thomas Morley / John Dowland / Thomas Campion / John Cooper / Robert Jones / John Farmer1959Album
Thomas Campion: 9 Songs / John Dowland: 2 Songs / Thomas Morely: 4 Little Short SongsThomas Campion, John Dowland, Thomas Morley1957Album
English Music for the Virginal circa 1600Thomas Morley, William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons, John BullAlbum
Badener KammerchorThomas Morley, Luca Marenzio, Clément Janequin, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Anton Bruckner, Hugo Wolf, Claude Debussy, César Geoffray, Friedrich Gulda, Badener KammerchorAlbum
English Music for Recorders and Consort of ViolsThomas Morley • William Byrd • Anthony Holborne • Henry PurcellAlbum
Kammerchor Madrigal BukarestGuillaume Costeley, Pierre Bonnet, Baldassare Donato, Roland de Lassus, Hans Leo Haßler, Guillaume de Machaut, Giovanni Gastoldi, Josquin Des Prés, Clément Janequin, Thomas Morley, Johann Hermann Schein, Erasmus Widmann, Claudio Monteverdi, Corul Madrigal, Marin ConstantinAlbum
Englische Virginalmusik Um 1600 - Musik Und Ihre ZeitThomas Morley, William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons, John BullAlbum
Englische Musik Für Blockflöten Und Gamben-ConsortThomas Morley • William Byrd • Anthony Holborne • Henry PurcellAlbum
The English Madrigal School: Madrigals Of John Wilbye And Thomas MorleyJohn Wilbye, Thomas Morley, Deller Consort, Alfred DellerAlbum
Elizabethan MadrigalsThomas Morley, New York Pro MusicaAlbum
Viola-Viola D' Amore DuosGiovanni Gastoldi, Thomas Morley, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Karen Phillips, Walter TramplerAlbum
The English Madrigal School Vol. 3 (Madrigals Of Thomas Morley)Thomas Morley - Deller Consort, Alfred DellerAlbum
Nine Canzonets and Music from the Fitzwilliam Virginal BookThomas Morley, William Byrd, Martin Peerson, Peter Philips, Giles Farnaby, John BullAlbum
Am Hofe Der Königin Elisabeth I.Thomas Morley, William Byrd, John DowlandAlbum
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