Thomas Simpson (composer)

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Thomas Simpson (Kent, 1582 – c.1628) was an English composer who worked in Germany. Simpson, a generation younger than William Brade is first heard of at Heidelberg in 1608. [1]

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References

  1. Four and twenty fiddlers: the violin at the English court, 1540-1690 - Page 155 Peter Holman - 1996 -"William Brade and Thomas Simpson are examples of prominent Elizabethan composers of instrumental music ... Simpson, a generation younger, was born in Kent in 1582, and is first heard of at Heidelberg in 1608 ..."