Personalities | John Bull | Renaissance | Classical

c. 1562–1628
English composer and keyboard player

The English composer and keyboard player John Bull was by all evidence an extraordinary musician. His name headed the list of members of the Chapel Royal who attended the funeral of Elizabeth I in 1603. He was also an organ-builder and a scholar. A Catholic with a difficult personality, he often found himself in trouble in England. In 1613, following charges of adultery, he left the country permanently to settle in Brussels. Bull’s surviving keyboard works represent a cross-section of keyboard genres at the turn of the sixteenth century: dances such as almans, galliards, corantos; free forms like the fantasia; and works on sacred cantus firmi.

Recommended Recording:
Doctor Bull’s Goodnight, Pierre Hantai (Astrée)

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