Locke, Matthew, 1621 or 1622-1677

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1621
Death 1677
Britons

Biographical notes:

Epithet: composer

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000569.0x000172

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000471.0x0000c5

Matthew Locke (1621 or 2-1677) was a composer. In 1653, he collaborated with Christopher Gibbons to write the opera Cupid and Death; he was also known for his instrumental and keyboard music, as well as for having written part of the music for the now-lost early English opera The Siege of Rhodes, by William Davenant. In 1673 he published Melothesia, his treatise on music theory. Its title page describes him as "Composer in Ordinary to His Majesty, and organist of her Majesty's chapel." Locke also served as King Charles II's Composer of the Wind Music and Composer for the Violins. He has been described as the mentor of Henry Purcell, who succeeded him as Composer in Ordinary to the king.

From the description of Letter to Thomas Townsend, 1665 Jun 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702177406

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Subjects:

  • Music--17th century
  • Music--Manuscripts
  • Suites (Viols (4))--Scores
  • String trios (Viols (3))--Scores
  • Part songs
  • Incidental music
  • Wages
  • String quartets (Viols (4))--Parts
  • Composers--Correspondence
  • Music--Scores--19th century
  • Suites (Viols (3))--Scores
  • Trio sonatas (Unspecified instruments (2), continuo)--Parts
  • Songs, English--19th century
  • Music--Manuscripts--Facsimiles
  • Masques with music--Scores
  • Instrumental music--Parts

Occupations:

  • Composers

Places:

  • Schortau, Saxony (as recorded)
  • England (as recorded)
  • England (as recorded)