William White (composer)

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William White (1571  – c. 1634?)[1] was a composer of classical music of the Tudor period, who worked in England.

According to Ernst Hermann Meyer, "White is chiefly known from three fantasias a 5, and seven a 6; chiefly in Oxford, Christ Church MS. 2. Little is known of his career."[2] His consort music appears in Reverend Thomas Myriell's score compilations, though not in the more famous Tregian's.[3]

In certain fantasias of White (singled out by Meyer), as with some by Thomas Lupo the elder and Alfonso Ferrabosco the younger, soloistic elements - the juxtaposition of sections where the parts are treated equally, with sections where one instrument has a part of more virtuosic or melodic interest than the others - anticipate the concerto grosso to come.[4]


  1. ^ "Entry for an Archival Recording of William White's Music at Cornell University". 1977. Retrieved 9 March 2009.
  2. ^ Meyer, English Chamber Music, p. 165.
  3. ^ "Composers Starting with W" (PDF). p. 23. Retrieved 9 March 2009. (by Tregian's, in that document, may be meant the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Tregian's authorship of which has come into dispute).
  4. ^ Meyer, p. 165.


  • Meyer, Ernst Hermann (1946). English Chamber Music: The History of a Great Art, From the Middle Ages to Purcell. London: Lawrence & Wishart. OCLC 420311.

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