1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Orlando Gibbons

James Granger, in Biographical History of England (1769; 1824) 2:167.



Orlando Gibbons, one of the most celebrated English musicians of his time, was born at Cambridge 1583. At the age of twenty-one he was appointed organist of the chapel royal, and in 1622 obtained the degree of doctor of music in the university of Oxford. He composed the music for the marriage ceremony of KIng Charles the First and Henrietta Maria of France, and went to Canterbury for the purpose of attending the solemnity. He was seized with the small-pox, and died there in 1625. A monument, with a fine bust of him, was erected in the cathedral by his widow.