George Jeffreys

(ca. 1610 - 1685)

English composer. Perhaps a member of the Chapel Royal early in life; became joint organist (with John Wilson) to Charles I at Oxford in 1643; served as steward to Lord Hatton in Northamptonshire from the siege of Oxford (1646) to his death, though links to the Hatton family date from at least 1631, when he set several poems written by Sir Richard Hatton. Some 250 letters to his patron survive; autograph copies of over 100 works by composers such as Carissimi, Marini, Reggio, and Grandi indicate Italian influence. The bulk of his output is sacred and for private devotional use; he also wrote masque music, viol fantasias, and secular cantatas and dialogues.

VIIA: Henry Purcell and his Contemporaries