Personalities | John Wilbye | Renaissance | Classical

English composer

Although not as prolific as some of his contem­poraries, Wilbye made a substantial contribution to the English madrigal. Like Weelkes, he was influenced by Morley’s light-hearted canzonets and ballets; later he turned to a more serious style, producing some of the repertory’s most poignant works. Madrigals like ‘Weepe O Mine Eies’ (1598) and ‘Draw on, Sweet Night’ (1609) remain among the most loved examples of the genre.

Recommended Recording:
English and Italian Renaissance Madrigals, Hilliard Ensemble (dir) Paul Hillier (Virgin/Erato)

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