Performers: Caroline Trevor, Penny Vickers, Ian Honeyman, John Potter, Henry Wickham, Richard Wistreich (voices), Mark Caudle, Alison Crum, Julia Hodgson, Elizabeth Liddle, Roy Marks, Susanna Pell (viols), Timothy Roberts (harpsichord, organ), John Bryan (harpsichord duettist)
Playing time: 65'
Recording date: April, May, June, November 1992
Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656) was the last of the old-fashioned (in the style of Byrd and Gibbons) viol consort and keyboard composers in England. The era of the English virginalists is generally held to have ended with his death. Although he is definitely a traditionalist, Tomkins' instrumental music also contains some original/idiosyncractic elements.
Tomkins, who although of Coprario's generation did not compose most of his instrumental music until later in his life, was also Gibbons' junior (in the official sense) partner as organist at the Chapel Royal.
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Track #17 is an "answering" galliard composed by Thomas Simpson (1582-c.1630). A recording of music by Simpson (using violins instead of viols):
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