JOHN FARMER I (1570 - 1601)
Organist and Master of the Children at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, John Farmer is best remembered for his English madrigals. He also contributed to East’s Psalter and demonstrated technical skill in a publication of 1591 that included 40 two-part canons.
The best known of Farmer’s madrigals is Fair Phyllis I saw sitting all alone, included in his first collection, published in 1599. A second collection of madrigals in six parts followed in 1601.