William Hunnis (died 6 June 1597) was an English Protestant poet, dramatist, and composer.
Hunnis was a gentleman of the Chapel Royal to Edward VI, but was imprisoned during the reign of Mary for plotting against her regime and narrowly escaped execution. After the accession of Elizabeth he was released, and, in 1566, made Master of the Children of the Chapel Royal.
His most famous musical compositions are found in a compilation, Seven Sobs of a Sorrowfull Soule for Sinne, which includes A Handful of Honisuckles. Those parts of the compilation which are musical are in a devotional style, and all his music in that collection consists of single-line tunes. Some of his work is for solo voice and viols, for example a setting of his own poem "In terrors trapp'd".
|Master of the Children of the Chapel Royal
- Michael Smith: "William Hunnis", Grove Music Online, ed. L. Macy (Accessed January 6, 2006), (subscription access)
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Cousin, John William (1910). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London: J. M. Dent & Sons. Wikisource