Personalities | Thomas Morley | Renaissance | Classical

c. 1557–1602
English composer and theorist

Morley was the most important composer involved in developing the English Elizabethan madrigal from its Italian counterpart. In the 1580s and 1590s he published some English translations of Italian madrigals with newly composed English works of his own, which imitated the Italian style. His most famous works are the ‘fa la la’ madrigals: pieces with a nonsense refrain. Morley is also known for his treatise A Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practicall Musicke (1597). In addition to advice for the amateur, the book includes assessments of contemporary music and musicians that reveal opinions of the time and remain influential to the present day.

Recommended Recording:
Madrigals, Deller Consort, Alfred Deller (Vanguard)

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