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THOMAS WEELKES  

(1575 - 1623)

Thomas Weelkes served briefly as organist at Winchester College before his appointment to a similar position at Chichester Cathedral, from which he was eventually dismissed for drunkenness and profanity of language. He was for a time associated with the Chapel Royal. His achievement as a composer lies in his madrigals and in music he wrote for the Church of England.

Weelkes wrote a number of service settings that remain in continued use. His anthems include the well-known Hosanna to the Son of David. The sacred madrigal, When David heard, treats with the deepest feeling King David’s lament for the death of his son Absalom.

Weelkes also published a number of collections of madrigals, following the musical fashions of the turn of the century, the first collection published in 1597. These include On the plaines Fairie traines and Though my carriage be but careless. As Vesta was from Latmos hill ascending was his contribution to the collection in honour of Queen Elizabeth, The Triumphs of Oriana.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Early English Choral Music Naxos 8.505079

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
Chamber Music (Brass Quintet) - SCHEIDT, S. / FERRABOSCO II, A. / MORLEY, T. / HOLBORNE, A. / WEELKES, T. / SIMPSON, T. (American Brass Quintet) Delos
DE3003
Chamber Music
Choral Music - HILDEGARD OF BINGEN / PALESTRINA, G. / BYRD, W. / ISAAC, H. / JOSQUIN DES PREZ / DUFAY, G. (Voices of Ascension Chorus) Delos
DE3174
Choral - Sacred
English Madrigals and Songs Naxos
8.553088
Choral - Secular
GLORIA - Classical Music for Reflection and Meditation Naxos
8.556702
Choral - Sacred
KING'S SINGERS (THE): From Byrd to the Beatles (PAL) Arthaus Musik
101248
Classical Concert
MASTERPIECES FOR CHOIR BIS
BIS-CD-148
Choral - Sacred
QUADRIGA CONSORT: On a Cold Winter's Day Carpe Diem
CD-16293
Chamber Music
SAINTS AND SINNERS - The Music of Medieval and Renaissance Europe [10 CD Boxed Set] Naxos
8.501067
Choral - Secular, Chamber Music
STORY OF BRITISH CLASSICAL MUSIC (THE) Naxos Educational
8.558193-94
Choral - Secular
Under the Greenwood Tree Naxos
8.553442
Chamber Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE CHAMBER PLAYERS: Voila! Altissimo
75442261252
Chamber Music
Vocal and Chamber Music - PURCELL, H. / ALDRICH, H. / D'URFEY, T. / JONES, R. (The Art of the Bawdy Song) (Baltimore Consort, The Merry Companions) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90155
Vocal Ensemble
VOICE (Eternal) Naxos
8.572183
Choral - Sacred
WEELKES: Anthems Naxos
8.553209
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Vocal, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred




 
 
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