Thomas Morley

1557 - 1602

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Thomas Morley (1557 – early October 1602) was an English composer, theorist, singer and organist of the Renaissance. He was one of the foremost members of the English Madrigal School. Referring to the strong Italian influence on the English madrigal, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians states that Morley was "chiefly responsible for grafting the Italian shoot on to the native stock and initiating the curiously brief but brilliant flowering of the madrigal that constitutes one of the most colourful episodes in the history of English music."Living in London at the same time as Shakespeare, Morley was the most famous composer of secular music in Elizabethan England. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Morley has received more than 369,037 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Thomas Morley is the 808th most popular composer (up from 850th in 2019), the 2,271st most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 2,592nd in 2019) and the 31st most popular British Composer.

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Among composers, Thomas Morley ranks 808 out of 1,228Before him are Eduard Artemyev, Paul Ben-Haim, Koichi Sugiyama, Vissarion Shebalin, Anthony van Hoboken, and Francesco Araja. After him are Joseph Canteloube, Giovanni Artusi, Charles Burney, Ramin Djawadi, Amy Beach, and Johann Gottlieb Naumann.

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Among people born in 1557, Thomas Morley ranks 11Before him are Sophie of Mecklenburg-Güstrow, Stephen Bocskai, Balthasar Gérard, Oda Nobutada, Lew Sapieha, and Frederick I, Duke of Württemberg. After him is Jean de Sponde. Among people deceased in 1602, Thomas Morley ranks 10Before him are Emilio de' Cavalieri, Abu'l-Fazl ibn Mubarak, Ii Naomasa, Li Zhi, Friedrich Wilhelm I, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, and Catherine of Brandenburg-Küstrin. After him is Juan de Fuca.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Morley ranks 2,271 out of 6,924Before him are Paul Greengrass (1955), Francis Darwin (1848), Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia (1924), William Jackson Hooker (1785), John Christopher (1922), and Trevor Horn (1949). After him are Peter Cheyney (1896), Tommy Flanagan (1965), Edward Arthur Milne (1896), John Peel (1939), Gordon Jackson (1923), and Samantha Eggar (1939).

Among COMPOSERS In United Kingdom

Among composers born in United Kingdom, Thomas Morley ranks 31Before him are Pasquale Anfossi (1727), Cathy Berberian (1925), Malcolm Arnold (1921), Stanley Myers (1930), Richard Addinsell (1904), and John Taverner (1490). After him are Charles Burney (1726), John Tavener (1944), Matthew Locke (1621), Frank Bridge (1879), Hubert Parry (1848), and Christopher Hogwood (1941).