Thomas Campion

Thomas Campion Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    12th February 1567
  • Died
    1st March 1620
  • Birthplace
    London, England

Thomas Campion (sometimes Campian) was an English composer, poet, and physician. He wrote over a hundred lute songs, masques for dancing, and an authoritative technical treatise on music. The body of his works is considerable, the earliest known being a group of five anonymous poems included in the "Songs of Divers Noblemen and Gentlemen," appended toNewman's edition of Sir Philip Sidney's Astrophel and Stella, which appeared in 1591. In 1595, Poemata, a collection of Latin panegyrics, elegies and epigrams was published, winning him a considerable reputation. This was followed, in 1601, by a songbook, A Booke of Ayres, with words by himself and music composed by himself and Philip Rosseter. The following year he published his Observations in the Art of English Poesie, "against the vulgar and unartificial custom of riming," in favour of rhymeless verse on the model of classical quantitative verse. Campion's theories on poetry were demolished by Samuel Daniel in "Defence of Rhyme" (1603).

Title Form Instrument Ratings
2 Bookes of Ayres Books Voice(s) and Instruments
A Book of Ayres for the Lute, Bass Viol and Voice Books Voice(s) and Instruments
A New Way of Making Fowre Parts in Counterpoint Books N/A
The Third and Fourth Booke of Ayres Books Voice(s) and Instruments
Masque in Honour of the Marriage of Lord Hayes Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Faire, If You Expect Admiring Song Cycle Voice(s) and Instruments
What if a Day or a Moneth or a Year Song Cycle Voice(s) and Instruments