John Johnson

(c.1540 - 1594)

English lutenist and composer; lutenist to Elizabeth I from 1581 until his death. Most of his works, nearly all for lute or lute duet, are pavanes, galliards, or settings of popular tunes. He notably developed the lute duet to a high technical standard. Some of his music survives in MS at Cambridge, in the Marsh MS in Dublin, and the Weld Lutebook. A keyboard arrangement of 'The Flat Pavan' by Giles Farnaby survives, as well as an anonymous keyboard arrangement in MS. He was the father of Robert Johnson (2).

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