John Bennet

(c.1570-after 1614)

English composer. Probably from northwestern England. His works consist of a book of madrigals for four voices (London, 1599), one madrigal in The Triumphes of Oriana (1601), two consort songs, four Psalm settings and a prayer in Barley's psalter of ca. 1599, a verse anthem, and six secular vocal pieces in Ravenscroft's A Briefe Discourse( 1614). The madrigals include both solemn and lighter works, Many are clearly modeled on the style cultivated by Thomas Morley, but influences from Weelkes, Wilbye, and Dowland are also evident. The consort songs and the anthem show an awareness of earlier English styles.

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