Early Tudor Composers: Biographical Sketches of Thirty-Two Musicians and Composers of the Period 1485-1555

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XI. Richard Bramston

JUST as in the case of Thomas Farthing, whose name was included in Morley's Valhalla of sixteenth-century English composers, so also in the case of Richard Bramston, praised by Morley in his Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practicall Musicke in 1597, we have had no exact biographical data hitherto. 'Master Bramston', so far as English musical historians are concerned, has remained a ghost-like figure, of whom nothing has been chronicled by Burney, Hawkins, Chappell, Davey, or Grove, save an incidental reference to some of his compositions. Even Mr. Cecil Forsyth, in the chapter on 'The Golden Age' in the recent History of Music by Sir Charles Stanford and himself ( 1916), merely includes the name of Bramston in a foot-note as an English composer whose works are to be met with in manuscript. But though many of Bramston's compositions have disappeared, the few that remain give ample evidence of his abilities as a polyphonic composer. Dr. Ernest Walker says that his works deserve mention, yet from a cursory examination I would be inclined to place Bramston motet, 'Recordare, Domine, testamenti', as evidencing potential powers quite equal to those of Taverner, Redford, Cowper, or Johnson. In this manuscript, which will be found among the Add. MSS. 17802-17805 of the British Museum, his name appears as Master Bramston'. Another beautiful motet, Mariae Virgini is in Peterhouse College, Cambridge1.

It is only fair to state that a brief reference to Bramston is given by Mr. John E. West in his excellent book on Cathedral Organists (Novello, 1921), under date of 1507, when he was appointed deputy-organist of Wells Cathedral in place of ' Richard Hugo'.

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See the Rev. Dr. Jebb catalogue in the Ecclesiologist for 1859.

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  • Title Page 3
  • Note 7
  • Preface 8
  • Contents 11
  • I. Gilbert Banaster 13
  • Ii. David Burton 17
  • Iii. William Cornish 20
  • Iv. William Crane 23
  • V. William Newark 27
  • Vi. Hugh Aston 30
  • Vii. Richard Pygot 34
  • Viii. Robert Fayrfax 37
  • Ix. John Browne 40
  • X. Richard Hygons 43
  • Xi. Richard Bramston 46
  • Xii. John Taverner 49
  • Xiii. Thomas Farthing 52
  • Xiv. Thomas Ashwell 55
  • Xv. Richard Davy 60
  • Xvi. Robert Cowper, Mus.D. 64
  • Xvii. John Lloyd 66
  • Xviii. Robert Jones 69
  • Xix. Nicholas Ludford 72
  • Xx. Sir William Hawte 76
  • Xxi. William Pasche 79
  • Xxii. Richard Sampson 83
  • Xxiii. Simon Burton 86
  • Xxiv. William Whytbroke 89
  • Xxv. Thomas Knight 92
  • Xxvi. John Redford 95
  • Xxvii. Thomas Appleby 100
  • Xxviii. John Dygon 104
  • Xxix. John Gwynneth, Mus.Doc. 108
  • Xxx. Richard Edwards 112
  • Xxxi. Edward Higgins 116
  • Xxxii. William Parsons 119
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