John farmer was a renowned English musician who enjoyed a very productive career though it lasted only for about a decade (1591–1601). He is revered for his amazing musical skills and produced many masterpieces that are remembered for their extremely melodious compositions. He played a significant role in the growth of English madrigal, making it completely independent from its Italian heritage. His valuable musical contributions enriched many English music genres like consort song, English Psalter etc. He worked as an organist and contributed many inspiring compositions throughout his career. His works were proponents of his unparalleled musical skills. The facts about his life appear to be a little ambiguous, so does his death. His last known composition was made in 1601, after which he just vanished from the historical records. Here is a short biography on the childhood, profile and legacy of this famous English composer.
- Fair Phyllis I Saw Sitting All Alone
- Fair Nymphs, I Heard One Telling
- A Pretty Little Bonny Lass
- Take Time While Time Doth Last
JOHN FARMER TIMELINE
John Farmer was born.
He prefaced his first publication “Divers and Sundry Waies of Two Parts in One ... uppon One Playn Song” with a poem in which he showcases his youthfulness.
This work turned out to be a great success and Thomas East, a publisher, noted his skills and collaborated with him on a new English Psalter.
Farmer got his first job. He was appointed as an organist and ‘Master of Boys’ at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin. He worked as an organist in the St. Patrick’s Church during the same time.
He moved to London and published his work ‘First Book of English Madrigals’. This book was dedicated to his patron, the Earl of Oxford.
He contributed his major work, a fine madrigal, to the multi-author collection of madrigals namely ‘Triumphs of Orianna’, edited by Morley.
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