William Mundy (composer)

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William Mundy (c. 1529–1591) was an English composer of sacred music .[1] He was the father of John Mundy, organist and composer. Little is known about his life, except that he was appointed to the Chapel Royal in 1562–1563, and was replaced in 1591, presumably following his death. Some of his best-known choral works are Adolescentulus sum ego, a setting based on Psalm 118, Vox Patris caelestis, with words by William Forrest, and Infelix ego, which uses the text of a meditation on the Miserere, Psalm 51, composed in prison by Girolamo Savonarola[2]

At least the piece Vox Patris caelestis was, in the view of the conductor and musicologist Peter Phillips, written in the Catholic style and can thus be attributed to the reign of Queen Mary (1553–58).[3]

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  1. ^ "William Mundy". Classical Net. Retrieved 2007-08-05. 
  2. ^ W. H. Grattan Flood (1924). "New light on late Tudor composers. III. William Mundy". The Musical Times 65 (980): 894–895. doi:10.2307/911748. 
  3. ^ Peter Phillips: Sleeve notes to the Tallis scholars' Recording Allegri Miserere", EMI, CFP 40339

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