William Rasor (Rasar)

(fl. 1499-1514/15)

Early 16th century English composer. Took the Cambridge BMus degree in 1616, and was organist at Trinity College, Cambridge, 1628-44. His output includes English and Latin church music, a dialog between Saul and the Witch of Endor on the text later used by Purcell, and madrigals among which is a lament in the dialog form on the death of Prince Henry. The influence of the new Italian style can be seen in his work, especially in the settings of Latin texts.He composed a Mass found in the Forrest-Heyther Partbooks.

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