Personalities | William Cornysh | Renaissance | Classical

c. 1465–1523
English composer

Cornysh served at the courts of both Henry VII and Henry VIII as a poet, actor and musician. His greatest moment was being chosen to head the Chapel Royal at the famous ‘Field of the Cloth of Gold’ in June 1520. Five polyphonic works by him are preserved in the Eton Choirbook; he also composed early examples of English-language secular song, such as the canon, ‘Ah Robyn, gentil Robyn’.

Recommended Recording:
Stabat Mater, Salve Regina, Magnificat, Tallis Scholars (dir) Peter Phillips (Gimell)

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