Orlando Gibbons

Orlando Gibbons, 1583–1625, English organist and composer. He became organist of the Chapel Royal about 1603, court virginalist in 1619, and organist at Westminster Abbey in 1623. His compositions include English anthems and services, consort and keyboard music, and madrigals. His brothers, Edward Gibbons (1568–c.1650), who was his teacher, and Ellis Gibbons (1573–1603), were also composers. Only a few pieces of their works survive. His son Christopher Gibbons (1615–76) was organist of Westminster Abbey and left some anthems and string compositions.

See E. H. Fellowes, Orlando Gibbons and His Family (2d ed. 1952).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Orlando Gibbons: A Short Account of His Life and Work
Edmund H. Fellowes.
The Clarendon Press, 1925
John Jenkins and His Time: Studies in English Consort Music
Andrew Ashbee; Peter Holman.
Clarendon Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Gibbons in the Bedchamber"
The English Madrigal Composers
Edmund Horace Fellowes.
The Clarendon Press, 1921
Librarian’s tip: "Orlando Gibbons. Born 1583; Died 1625" begins on p. 272
A Biographical Dictionary of Old English Music
Jeffrey Pulver.
Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1927
Librarian’s tip: "Gibbons (Orlando)" begins on p. 202
A Musical Companion: A Guide to the Understanding and Enjoyment of Music
John Erskine.
Alfred A. Knopf, 1935
Librarian’s tip: "Tudor Times: Morley and Gibbons" begins on p. 278
Composers of Yesterday: A Biographical and Critical Guide to the Most Important Composers of the Past
David Ewen; David Ewen.
H. W. Wilson, 1937
Librarian’s tip: "Orlando Gibbons 1583-1625" begins on p. 167
A History of Music in England
Ernest Walker.
Clarendon Press, 1952 (3rd Rev. edition)
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Orlando Gibbons begins on p. 95
Music in the Renaissance
Gustave Reese.
W. W. Norton, 1959 (Revised edition)
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Orlando Gibbons begins on p. 813
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