Thomas Morley (1557 or 1558 – early October 1602) was an English composer, theorist, singer and organist of the Renaissance. He was one of the foremost members of the English Madrigal School. Referring to the strong Italian influence on the English madrigal, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians states that Morley was "chiefly responsible for grafting the Italian shoot on to the native stock and initiating the curiously brief but brilliant flowering of the madrigal that constitutes one of the most colourful episodes in the history of English music."
Living in London at the same time as Shakespeare, Morley was the most famous composer of secular music in Elizabethan England. He and Robert Johnson are the composers of the only surviving contemporary settings of verse by Shakespeare.
Morley was active in church music as a singer, composer and organist at St Paul's Cathedral. He was also involved in music publishing. From 1598 up to his death he held a printing patent (a type of monopoly). He used the monopoly in partnership with professional music printers such as Thomas East.
Birth and Death Data: Born 1557 (Norwich), Died 1603 (London)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1912 - 1938
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-15040||10-in.||7/3/1914||O mistress mine||Raymond Dixon||Male vocal solo, with harp and cello||composer|
|Victor||B-15057||10-in.||7/13/1914||It was a lover and his lass||Raymond Dixon [i.e., Lambert Murphy] ; Harry Macdonough||Male vocal duet, unaccompanied||composer|
|Victor||BVE-34530||10-in.||2/6/1926||Now is the month of Maying||Associated Glee Clubs of America||Male vocal chorus||composer|
|Victor||CRC-72268||12-in.||4/11/1932||A June moonrise||Chicago A Cappella Choir||Mixed vocal chorus, unaccompanied||composer|
|Victor||CVE-72644||12-in.||5/27/1932||Look down, o Lord||Bryn Mawr College. Chorus||Female vocal chorus||composer|
|Victor||BS-88971||10-in.||5/21/1935||It was a lover and his lass||Bruno Reibold||Instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BS-98825||10-in.||1/10/1936||Sumer is icumen in||London Madrigal Singers||Mixed vocal chorus, unaccompanied||composer|
|Victor||BS-98826||10-in.||1/10/1936||Fire, fire my heart||London Madrigal Singers||Mixed vocal chorus, unaccompanied||composer|
|Victor||BS-98827||10-in.||1/10/1936||Now is the month of May||London Madrigal Singers||Mixed vocal chorus, unaccompanied||composer|
|Victor||BS-98828||10-in.||1/10/1936||Shoot false love||London Madrigal Singers||Mixed vocal chorus, unaccompanied||composer|
|Victor||B-[Unnumbered 1922-06-09-02]||10-in.||6/9/1922||Now is the month of Maying||Stokowski Chorus||Mixed vocal chorus, unaccompanied||composer|
|Victor||BS-07544||10-in.||3/27/1937||Fire, fire, my heart||Harvard Glee Club ; G. Wallace Woodworth||Male vocal chorus, unaccompanied||composer|
|Victor||BS-021056||10-in.||3/1/1938||It was a lover and his lass||Claude Thornhill Orchestra ; Maxine Sullivan||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||6239||12-in.||approximately 1912||Fire, fire, my heart||Henry Coward ; Sheffield & Leeds United Choir||Chorus, with piano||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Morley, Thomas," accessed May 25, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102442.
Morley, Thomas. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 25, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102442.
"Morley, Thomas." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 25 May 2022.
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