Thomas Simpson


Born: April 1, 1582; Milton-next-Sittingbourne, Kent   Died: June, 1628; Copenhagen, Denmark  
Thomas Simpson was a minor but significant English composer from the early-17th century. His surviving compositions, all instrumental, are contained mostly in three collections and feature both original works as well as arrangements of pieces by other composers.

Simpson was born in Milton-next-Sittingbourne (now known as Milton Regis), Kent, England in 1582, before April 1, the date of his baptism. No further record of his first
Read more twenty-five years exists, though it appears he was writing music by his late-teens or early-twenties, since a partial manuscript survives that seems to predate 1608, perhaps having been written around 1602.

In 1608 Simpson's name appeared in records among those serving as musicians under the Elector Palatine at the Heidelberg (Germany) Court. It is thus quite likely that Simpson had traveled to Germany and elsewhere in Europe before 1608. Indeed, his wife was from Lorraine, France, a fact that has caused some scholars to speculate further that Simpson had served for a short time at the Nancy Court.

Most of Simpson's surviving music was published in three large collections. The first (Opusculum neuwer Pavanen) appeared in 1610, when the composer was still serving at Heidelberg. Some of the works in this collection are arrangements of pieces by Dowland, Farmer and others.

The second collection, Opus neuwer Paduanen, was published in 1611 and contains galliards, pavans, and various other works written exclusively by Simpson. The last, Taffel-Consort, dates to 1621 and presents, once again, original works as well as pieces by other composers, in arrangements probably made by Simpson. At the time of its appearance Simpson was a musician at the Bückeburg (Germany) Court of Count Ernst III of Holstein-Schaumburg, in whose service he had been since at least 1615.

Simpson next served at the Danish Court of King Christian IV as a violist, from 1622 to 1625. After this period his activities are unknown, though it appears he remained in Copenhagen and died no later than late-spring, 1628. Read less
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  • 1.
    A Pleasing Melancholy / Kirkby, Chelys Consort of Viols
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2283 Release Date: 09/01/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Dowland,  Robert Jones,  Tobias Hume,  Thomas Simpson  ... 
    Performer:  James Akers,  Emma Kirkby
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelys Consort of Viols
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  • 2.
    Konge af Danmark / Les Witches
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 323 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tobias Hume,  Samuel Scheidt,  Thomas Simpson,  Thomas Robinson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
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  • 3.
    Taffel Consort: Instrumental Works By Thomas Simpson & William Brade
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999952 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Brade,  Thomas Simpson
    Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
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  • 4.
    Made Of Melting Snow - Elizabethan Consort Songs / Rayuela
    Label: Etcetera Records   Catalog: 1909 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd,  Robert Johnson,  Thomas Morley,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Lauren Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rayuela
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    Celebration Music For The Marriage Of Prince Elector Frederick V To Elizabeth Stuart
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 77371 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Coprario,  Anonymous,  Robert Johnson,  William Byrd  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Ciarlatani
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    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 1842 Release Date: 03/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Oswald von Wolkenstein,  Michel Beheim,  Erasmus Lapicida,  Arnolt Schlick  ... 
    Performer:  Russ Hodge,  Armin Gottstein,  Johannes Vogt,  Michael [Viola da gamba] Spengler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Ciarlatani
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  • 7.
    Frans Bruggen Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 65836 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Francesco Barsanti,  Francesco Maria Veracini  ... 
    Performer:  Frans Brüggen,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Anner Bylsma,  Alda Stuurop  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brüggen-Consort
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  • 8.
    Ye Sacred Muses - Music from the House of Tudor
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83433 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hieronymo Bassano,  Augustine Bassano,  John Dowland,  Anonymous  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flautando Cologne
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  • 9.
    Gustav Leonhardt Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 696144 Release Date: 02/17/2009   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville,  François Couperin,  Alessandro Poglietti  ... 
    Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Marie Leonhardt,  Jeannette Van Wingerden  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Sir David Willcocks,  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leonhardt Consort,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Brüggen Consort
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  • 10.
    Music Of Renaissance, Baroque / American Brass Quintet
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3003 Release Date: 07/17/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrea Gabrieli,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  John Coprario,  Johann Georg C. Störl  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Brass Quintet
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  • 11.
    This World's Globe - Celebrating Shakespeare
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 77 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Tylman Susato,  John Playford,  Thoinot Arbeau,  Francisco de la Torre  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
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  • 12.
    A Hanseatic Festival
    Label: Deux-elles   Catalog: 1088 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Johann Ernst Altenburg,  Samuel Scheidt,  Thomas Simpson  ... 
    Performer:  Mark Chambers,  Matthew Wadsworth,  James Johnstone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
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  • 13.
    From Bach To Beatles / John Bauer Brass
    Label: Intim Musik   Catalog: 86 Release Date: 01/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  Alfonso Ferrabosco,  John Dowland,  Thomas Simpson  ... 
    Performer:  Per Wilhelmsson,  Magnus Jonsson,  Fredrik Ljungberg,  Klas-Henrik Djarf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Bauer Brass
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  • 14.
    Elegia / Matthew White And Les Voix Baroques
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29902 Release Date: 04/15/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anthony Holborne,  Thomas Simpson,  Johann Heinrich Schmelzer,  Thomas Tallis  ... 
    Performer:  Matthew White
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
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    Mascharada - Music at the Court of Ernst III / King's Noyse
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907165 Release Date: 08/10/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Brade,  Thomas Simpson,  Nicolaus Bleyer,  Johann Grabbe
    Conductor:  David Douglass
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
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    Consort Songs / Burrowes, Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 9196 Release Date: 08/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Jenkins,  Alfonso Ferrabosco,  Anonymous,  Patrick Mando  ... 
    Performer:  Karel Van Steenhoven,  Daniel Brüggen,  Paul Leenhouts,  Bertho Driever  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
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  • 17.
    Johnny, Cock Thy Beaver / Dufay Collective
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9446 Release Date: 06/18/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Thomas Simpson,  Giles Farnaby,  Thomas Ravenscroft  ... 
    Performer:  Raphael Mizraki,  Giles Lewin,  Richard Campbell,  John Potter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Dufay Collective
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  • 18.
    Tomkins: Consort Music For Viols And Voices, Keyboard Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550602 Release Date: 06/27/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Tomkins,  Thomas Simpson
    Performer:  Timothy Roberts,  John Bryan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rose Consort of Viols,  Red Byrd
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  • 19.
    Music from the Time of Christian IV - Instrumental and Lute
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 390 Release Date: 09/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Allessandro Orologio,  Jacques Foucart,  Johann Schop,  Thomas Simpson  ... 
    Performer:  Jakob Lindberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dowland Consort,  Royal Danish Brass
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  • 20.
    English Consort Music / Clas Pehrsson, Musica Dolce
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 305 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Brade,  William Byrd,  Michael East,  Anthony Holborne  ... 
    Conductor:  Clas Pehrsson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Dolce Recorder Consort
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  • 21.
    Terpsichore - Renaissance & Early Baroque Dance Music
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 415294 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre Attaingnant,  Fabricio Caroso,  Joan Ambrosio Dalza,  John Dowland  ... 
    Performer:  Siegfried Fink,  Konrad Ragossnig
    Conductor:  Josef Ulsamer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulsamer Collegium
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