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THOMAS TOMKINS  

(1572 - 1656)

The son of a musician employed at the Welsh Cathedral of St. Davids, Thomas Tomkins became master of the choristers and organist at Worcester Cathedral and later served as organist to the Chapel Royal. His career as a church musician was ended by the Civil War and the surrender of Worcester to the parliamentary army in 1646. His brothers Giles, Robert and Nathaniel were also important in the musical life of the country.

Church Music

Thomas Tomkins was primarily a composer of church music, with five service settings and a number of anthems that remain in many cases in English cathedral repertoire. These last include the moving lament for Absalom, When David heard.

Secular Vocal Music

Tomkins added to the repertoire of the English madrigal with works for three, four, five and six parts. The madrigals were published in London in 1622 and include a number of sacred songs with settings of pastoral verses.

Instrumental Music

Tomkins wrote music for instrumental consort, including fantasias and dances, in particular pavanes and galliards.

Keyboard Music

The compositions of Tomkins include a relatively small number of keyboard pieces, continuing the tradition, here as elsewhere, of the generation of William Byrd.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
All the Queen's Men - Music for Elizabeth I (Sarum Consort, Mackay) Naxos
8.572582
Choral - Secular
CREDO - Classical Music for Reflection and Meditation Naxos
8.556708
Instrumental
DIXIT DOMINUS - Classical Music for Reflection and Meditation Naxos
8.556711
Choral - Sacred
Early Music (The Glory of) Naxos
8.554064
Chamber Music
ENKELIN AANIN (Angel's Voices) Naxos
8.503147
Choral - Sacred
MAGNIFICAT - Classical Music for Reflection and Meditation Naxos
8.556710
Choral - Sacred
Organ Recital: Koopman, Ton - BULL, J. / TOMKINS, T. / GIBBONS, O. / PURCELL, H. / BLOW, J. / BYRD, W. / BOYCE, W. (The Organ at Adlington Hall) Capriccio
C10255
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Koopman, Ton – PURCELL, H. / TOMKINS, T. / BLOW, J. / CARLTON, N. / BULL, J. / HANDEL, G.F. / WALOND, W. / BURNEY, C. Capriccio
C10254
Instrumental
Renaissance Music - BYRD, W. / HOLMES, M. / FARNABY, G. / CAMPION, T. / DOWLAND, J. / MORLEY, T. (Elizabeth's Music) (Fallis) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90015
Vocal Ensemble
SAINTS AND SINNERS - The Music of Medieval and Renaissance Europe [10 CD Boxed Set] Naxos
8.501067
Instrumental, Choral - Sacred
SANCTUS - Classical Music for Reflection and Meditation Naxos
8.556704
Choral - Secular
STORY OF BRITISH CLASSICAL MUSIC (THE) Naxos Educational
8.558193-94
Vocal Ensemble
TOMKINS / GIBBONS / BYRD: Consort and Keyboard Music Naxos
8.553241
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
TOMKINS: Choral and Organ Works Naxos
8.553794
Choral - Sacred, Instrumental, Choral - Sacred
TOMKINS: Consort Music for Viols and Voices Naxos
8.550602
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Vocal Ensemble, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
TUDOR ORGAN MUSIC Naxos
8.570142
Instrumental




 
 
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