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FilsduPoitou25 Oct 2023 7:47 p.m. PST

Years ago I was listening to my local classical music station and after a certain 17th century baroque piece, the DJ went into the composer's history. I've been racking my brain trying to remember the guy's name and my knowledge on this time period is pretty limited, so if anyone had any ideas on who it could be it would be greatly appreciated!

Somethings I remember
-mid 17th century English composer
-fought with the Royalists during the ECW (almost certain he was royalist)
-might have been some sort of commander, but I'm unsure
-died during one of the civil wars (either on the battlefield or executed)

HMS Exeter25 Oct 2023 7:58 p.m. PST

William Lawes?

KeepYourPowderDry25 Oct 2023 9:53 p.m. PST

HMS Exeter takes the win.

It will have been Lawes. King Charles ' "musician in ordinary for lutes and voices". Lawes composed many notable musical works, and at the outbreak of war joined the King's Life Guard of Horse (which was supposed to keep him out of harms way). Sadly he was "casually shot" during the rout from Rowton; Charles would institute a special mourning for Lawes bestowing upon him the title "Father of Musick".

FilsduPoitou26 Oct 2023 2:58 p.m. PST

Wow, that was a lot quicker than I was expecting. Yes, it really does seem to be Lawes in this case. Thank you very much!

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2023 10:37 a.m. PST

Impressive!

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