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John Ward

Academic journal article Notes

John Ward

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John Ward. Consort Music for Five and Six Viols. Phantasm. Linn CKD 339, 2009.

Like so many of his deliriously talented, painstakingly trained, and passionately admired contemporaries at the turn of the seventeenth century, John Ward has fallen almost completely off the radar of contemporary musicology; although widely imitated in his day, his name is now virtually unknown, his entry in the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians runs to barely 1,000 words, and some of the most basic facts about his life (and death) remain in dispute. It is true that his output was not very large, and that the lack of any court appointment during his career almost certainly helped to ensure his eventual obscurity, but to listen to the five- and six-part consort pieces on this ravishingly beautiful disc is to despair (yet again) at the cavalier and arbitrary ways in which fate distributes her favors of wide and lasting acclaim. …

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