Thomas Tomkins, 1572-1656

Thomas Tomkins, 1572-1656

Thomas Tomkins, 1572-1656

Thomas Tomkins, 1572-1656

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In spite of the generally acknowledged excellence of Elizabethan, Jacobean, and Caroline music, the number of monographs on composers responsible for this music is piteously small. Tomkins, through his association with all three of these great epochs, has always seemed to me especially deserving in this respect, and I hope that this short account of his life, his family, and his work will encourage other scholars to deal with the more eminent of his contemporaries.

Since this book was written many thousands of miles from musical and biographical source materials, difficulties arose at many stages. For help in surmounting these difficulties, I wish to thank many kind friends whose prompt and courteous replies to my queries were a source of pleasure as well as of information: Mr. Robert Donington, Mr. Vincent Duckles, Monsieur Jean Jacquot, Mr. A. Hyatt King, Mr. Jeremy Noble, Dr. Bertram Schofield, Mr. David Willcocks, and Mr. Franklin Zimmerman.

I am grateful also to various libraries and institutions for sending me photographic copies of music and documents, and for permission to reproduce certain pages: the Public Record Office, the Principal Probate Registry at Somerset House, the Music Library of London University, Magdalen College Library and the Bodleian Library, Oxford; and in America, the University and departmental libraries of Columbia, Cornell . . .

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