PELHAM HUMFREY (1647 - 1674)
An older contemporary of Henry Purcell, the English composer Pelham Humfrey was among the leading composers at the court of Charles II. He was trained, like Purcell, as a chorister in the Chapel Royal. As a composer he was able to profit from the example of contemporary French and Italian music, acquiring manners that drew the criticism of Pepys. As Master of the Children of the Chapel Royal from 1672 he seems to have had some hand in Purcell’s musical training. He died in 1674 at the age of 26.
Sacred and Secular Vocal Music
With royal encouragement, Humfrey wrote verse anthems for the Chapel Royal and songs for court entertainment, with a smaller amount of music for the theatre.