JOHN BULL (1563 - 1628)
John Bull was among the most distinguished English keyboard-players
of his time, and his career forms a link with the developing keyboard
tradition of the Netherlands. Bull was in the service of Queen
Elizabeth and her successor, before taking refuge in the Netherlands
to avoid various charges levelled at him in England. He was known
as an organist and a virginalist and as a maker of both instruments,
the second a form of keyboard instrument with a mechanism for
plucking rather than hammering the strings.
Bull wrote keyboard compositions based on both sacred and secular models. The best known of his works must be The King's Hunt, with a series of dance movements, fantasias and song-variations, some of which make considerable demands on the performer.