John Browne

Born 1480. Died 1505.

Biography

John Browne (fl. ca. 1490) was an English composer of the Tudor period. Despite the high level of skill displayed in Browne's compositions, few of his works survive; the entirety of Browne's extant music is found in the Eton Choirbook, in which he is the best-represented contributor. His choral music is distinguished by innovative scoring, false relations, and unusually long melodic lines, and has been called by early music scholar Peter Phillips "subtle, almost mystical" and "extreme in ways which apparently have no parallel, either in England or abroad."

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Music from the Eton Choirbook

    Music from the Eton Choirbook 2005

    Reviewed by Andrew McGregor
    John Browne's body may lie a-mouldering in some unmarked grave, but the reasons the...