Edward Johnson (composer)

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Edward Johnson (fl. 1572–1601) was an English composer. Johnson's compositions were highly regarded in his time, but few of them survive.


He was born about 1549, according to a 1601 deposition in which he gave his age as about fifty-two.[1] He composed pieces for members of the Elizabethan aristocracy, and had a long association with the Kitson family, who had houses in London and Hengrave, Suffolk. He obtained a Mus. Bac. degree in 1594 from Caius College, Cambridge. He appears to have been still alive at the end of Elizabeth I's reign, as he was mentioned in connection with arrangements for the funeral of his patron Sir Thomas Kitson, an event which took place in Hengrave in 1603.[2] It is not known what happened to him subsequently.[1]


Perhaps his best-known work is "Eliza Is the Fairest Queen" (a tribute to Elizabeth I). Other works include:


  1. ^ a b Ian Harwood, ‘Johnson, Edward (b. c.1549, d. in or after 1602)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 2 July 2014 (subscription required)
  2. ^ Sir Thomas Kitson (1540-1603) also employed the composer John Wilbye.
  3. ^ Keith Johnson, Rovi. "Edward Johnson (16th c.-fl. 1572-1601); ENG, About/Bio", classicalarchives.com. Retrieved 10 September 2011.

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