Personalities | Thomas Campion | Renaissance | Classical

English poet and composer

Campion first distinguished himself as a poet and poetic theorist. His treatise, Observations in the Art of English Poesie (1602), included controversial opinions regarding metre and rhyme, revealing the musical basis of his poetry. He published four books of lute-songs. Some are humanist experiments in setting classically accentuated poetry, but the best are light love lyrics set to simple, memorable tunes. Campion also contributed, as both poet and composer, to court masques for James I.

Recommended Recording:
English Ayres by Thomas Campion, Michael Chance, Nigel North, The English Ayre, Concordia (Linn)

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