1583–1625

Christmas Day, 1583, St. Martin’s Church, Bladon, England.

June 5, 1625, Canterbury, England, of apoplexy.

Canterbury Cathedral, England.

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Gibbons came from a musical family: his father Will­iam was a musician in Ox­ford, and his brother Will­iam played the organ in Ex­e­ter.

Orlando’s musical career started at age 13, when he joined the King’s College choir. He matriculated at King’s College in 1599, received a Bachelor of Music degree from Cam­bridge in 1606, and Doctor of Music from Ox­ford in 1622.

Gibbons was a favorite court musician. He was appointed organist for the Royal Chapel in 1605, and for Wes­tmin­ster Abbey in 1623. He had a hugely successful career, and found time to compose anthems, madrigals, fantasias, and dances.

  1. Angels (Song 34)
  2. Angels’ Song
  3. As on the Night Before
  4. Song 1
  5. Song 5
  6. Song 4
  7. Song 13
  8. Song 18
  9. Song 20
  10. Song 22
  11. Song 24
  12. Song 34
  13. Song 46
  14. Song 67