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ODNB -- Blow, John (1648?–1708), musician and composer

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  • Michael Robinson
    A contemporary in the Chapel Royal of SP s boy Tom Edwards ... Blow, John (1648?–1708), musician and composer ... Blow may have been one of five boys
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30, 2008
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      A contemporary in the Chapel Royal of SP's 'boy' Tom Edwards ...

      Blow, John (1648?–1708), musician and composer
      " ... Blow may have been one of five boys from Newark and Lincoln for
      whose procurement Henry Cooke, the master of the children of the
      Chapel Royal, was reimbursed under a warrant of 4 July 1661. An entry
      of 1665 in the accounts of the treasurer of the chamber describes the
      education of Chapel Royal boys, which included Latin, writing, and
      playing on instruments. Blow's memorial at Westminster Abbey states
      that he was a pupil of Christopher Gibbons, who at the Restoration
      became an organist of the Chapel Royal and organist of Westminster
      Abbey (where he was also master of the choristers, 1664–6); Hawkins
      adds that Blow was first a pupil of the court musician John Hingeston,
      formerly Cromwell's organist and master of music. Blow was clearly an
      apt scholar, for James Clifford's Divine Services and Anthems (1664)
      contains the words of three of his anthems, and he joined two other
      boys, Pelham Humfrey and William Turner, in composing `I will alway
      give thanks'.

      Blow's voice broke towards the end of 1664, payments for his
      maintenance after dismissal from the chapel being authorized from 25
      December. ..."
      [*spoiler * SP heard him sing in private, diary 21 August 1667.]
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