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    Adson, John (c1587-29th June 1640)

    He was a composer and musician born in England.  He was a cornettist to Charles III, Duke of Lorraine, in 1604 and was known to have been a royal wind musician in 1633 leading to him becoming Charles I's music instructor in 1634.  In London he became a member of the City Waits that was a group of wind musicians that would play on the streets, mainly through the winter months. He was associated with theatre music and was noted in plays performed by the King's Theatre Company.  As a composer, his most famous work is Courtly Masquing Ayres which he wrote in 1621 and only four other pieces by him are known to exist.


    Courtly Masquing Ayres Recordings

    Courtly Masquing Ayres

    Ludwig Guettler Brass Ensemble

    Capriccio 10 146


    Courtly Masquing Ayres Nos.4 and 5

    Guitar - Richard Searles

    Guitar - Gilbert Yslas

    Sundown SUN-589D


    Masquing Ayre

    The American Brass Quintet

    Summit DCD 181



    1. http://www.luc.edu/publications/medieval/vol4/seitz.html
    2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Adson
    3. http://www.answers.com/topic/john-adson





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