John Farmer

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John Farmer (c. 1570 – c. 1601) was a composer of the English Madrigal School. He was born in England around 1570 but his exact date of birth is not known – a 1926 article by Grattan Flood posits a date around 1564 to 1565 based on matriculation records. Farmer was under the patronage of the Earl of Oxford and dedicated his collection of canons and his late madrigal volume to his patron.

In 1595, Farmer was appointed organist and Master of Children at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin and also, at the same time, organist of St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. In 1599, he moved to London and published his only collection of four-part madrigals, that he dedicated to Edward de Vere.

His Lord's Prayer is performed widely throughout many Churches and Cathedrals, mostly in Britain. It is included in Volume 2 of Oxford Choral Classics, published by Oxford University Press.

Giles Farnaby dedicated a pavan to him, included in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book as Farmer's Paven (no. CCLXXXVII).

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 All at Once Well Met: English Madrigals The King’s Singers 1
1989 The King's Singers' Madrigal History Tour The King’s Singers 1
1991 An Englishman Abroad Thomas Simpson; The Parley of Instruments 1
1996 English Madrigals and Songs (Oxford Camerata feat. conductor: Jeremy Summerly) Various Artists 1
1997 English Madrigals (The Amaryllis Consort) The Amaryllis Consort 1
2001 The Coronation of King George II Choir of the King's Consort, The King's Consort, Robert King 2
2001 The Golden Age of the European Polyphony Laudantes Consort 1
2002 Early American Choral Music Volume 2 Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Flora Gave Me Fairest Flowers (Cambridge Singers feat. conductor: John Rutter) The Cambridge Singers 2
1990 A portrait of the Cambridge Singers The Cambridge Singers 1
1999 De Janequin aux Beatles The King’s Singers 1
2002 The Triumphs of Oriana (I Fagiolini feat. conductor: Robert Hollingworth, lute: David Miller) Various Artists 1
2007 The Norton Recordings 10th Edition Various Artists 1
Olde English Madrigals and Folk Songs at Ely Cathedral The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter 1
The Norton Recordings Various Artists 1
The Norton Recordings, Volume 1 Various Artists 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Recordings for the Enjoyment of Music 6th Edition Various Artists 1

Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 A224 Inside Music The Open University 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Australian InterVarsity Choral Festivals, The First 50 Years Australian Intervarsity Choral Festival Choir 1

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