Daniel Bacheler

Biography

Born: March 16, 1574   Died: January 29, 1619; Kent, England  
Though in our own time the name of John Dowland has become the emblem of English lute playing, Daniel Bacheler may claim to be his equal; Dowland's own son Robert called Bacheler "the right perfect Musition." Born the fifth of ten children in a Buckinghamshire farmhouse, Bacheler apparently showed musical talent at an early age. At seven, he became a musical apprentice to his uncle (who happened to be Queen Elizabeth's dancing-master in Read more Westminster). At 15 Bacheler entered the service of Francis Walsingham, the English secretary of state. Bacheler's earliest surviving music was copied, probably by the composer himself at age 16, into a set of partbooks for Walsingham's courtiers; this music already shows Bacheler's stylistic mastery. His esteem among the English nobility is also evident in his participation in Philip Sydney's funeral: Bacheler was riding the knight's warhorse! In 1590, Bacheler joined the household of Robert Deveraux, the Earl of Essex (who married Sydney's widow), and he probably continued to serve Essex up to the Earl's execution in 1601. It was in this decade (Bacheler's third) that a song of his, which set one of the Earl's sonnets, was sung for Queen Elizabeth herself.

Lady Essex proceeded to her third husband, and Bacheler proceeded to his third and most spectacular musical appointment. He traveled with his Lady to the court of Queen Anne, made her particular acquaintance, and was inducted into royal service. Bacheler was not even appointed as a court lutenist (the kind of position dour Dowland sought in vain for so many years); he was brought into her court as a groom of the Queen's privy chamber, at an extraordinary salary of four to eight times a mere lutenist's pay. He played music and wrote it, attended Queen Anne, and sometimes served as a royal secretary. In 1607 he applied for, and was awarded a coat of arms -- three dragons' heads, the symbol of Anne's native Denmark. Bacheler composed at least 50 pieces of lute music while in the Queen's service, and seems to have continued experimenting stylistically, and growing technically, until quite late in his life. It may have been a court epidemic of smallpox that claimed Bacheler's life in 1619. He was buried close to the Queen's Greenwich property, and his brothers and nephew fought bitterly over the "considerable property in several dioceses" he had accumulated by the time of his untimely death. Read less
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  • 1.
    Elizabethan Pavans / Timofeyev
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95236 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
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    A Varietie of Lute Lessons / North
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 97 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Dowland,  Lorenzini da Roma,  Anthony Holborne,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel North
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    John Williams: The Complete Columbia Album Collection [58 CD + 1 DVD]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 309294 Release Date: 03/04/2016   Number of Discs: 59
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Isaac Albeniz,  Francisco Tarrega,  Joaquin Turina  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams,  Julian Bream,  Carlos Bonell,  Brian Gascoigne  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves,  Daniel Barenboim,  John Williams,  Louis Frémaux  ... 
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    Go From My Window
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 176 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Cutting,  John Dowland,  Anonymous,  Thomas Robinson  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel North
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    Rca Living Stereo Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300350 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Byron Janis,  Gary Graffman,  Vladimir Horowitz  ... 
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  • 6.
    Jacobean Lute Music  / Jakob Lindberg
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2055 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Dowland,  Thomas Robinson,  Anonymous,  Daniel Bacheler  ... 
    Performer:  Jakob Lindberg
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    Henry Lawes: Ayres / La Reveuse
    Label: Mirare   Catalog: 177 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Lawes,  Frances Withy,  Daniel Bacheler,  Nicholas Lanier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Ręveuse
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  • 8.
    Label: Db Productions   Catalog: 147 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Daniel Bacheler,  Philip Rosseter,  John Johnson  ... 
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  • 9.
    Flying Horse - Music From The Ml Lutebook / Elizabeth Kenny
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67776 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Dowland,  Anthony Holborne,  Anonymous,  Robert Johnson  ... 
    Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny
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  • 10.
    The Walsingham Consort Books / Denecker, Hamilton, La Caccia
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 275 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Daniel Bacheler,  Anonymous,  John Bartlet,  Edward Johnson  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Denecker,  Susan [Soprano Vocal] Hamilton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caccia
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    Morley: First Book Of Consort Lessons / La Caccia, Et Al
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 251 Release Date: 06/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Morley,  Richard Allison,  Daniel Bacheler,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Baeté,  Patrick Denecker,  Liam Fenelli,  Frank Liegeois  ... 
    Conductor:  Patrick Denecker
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caccia
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    Jane Pickeringe's Lute Book / Jacob Heringman
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 06/04/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Johnson,  John Dowland,  Jane Pickeringe,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Jacob Heringman
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    Laureate Series, Guitar - Steve Kostelnik
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554214 Release Date: 07/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jonathan Kulp,  Eduardo Sainz de la Maza,  Regino Sainz de la Maza,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré  ... 
    Performer:  Steve Kostelnik
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    Rosamund / Fred Edgar Gilbert
    Label: Eroica Classical Recordings   Catalog: 3018 Release Date: 04/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Dowland,  Anthony de Countie,  Anthony Holborne,  Philip Rosseter  ... 
    Performer:  Fred Edgar Gilbert
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    The Ladyes Delight / The Baltimore Consort
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90252 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Johnson,  Anonymous,  William Byrd,  Giovanni Conversi  ... 
    Performer:  Custer LaRue,  Mark Cudek,  Chris Norman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
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    Variete Of Lute-lessons / Lutz Kirchhof
    Label: Sony Classical Seon   Catalog: 60098 Release Date: 02/03/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  John Dowland,  Anthony Holborne,  Gregorio Huet  ... 
    Performer:  Lutz Kirchhof
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    Virtuoso Lute Music From Italy And England / Jakob Lindberg
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 211 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Philips,  Orlando de Lassus,  Anonymous,  Lorenzini da Roma  ... 
    Performer:  Jakob Lindberg
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  • 18.
    The Queen's Men / Camerata Of London
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3355 Release Date: 04/05/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  John Dowland,  Daniel Bacheler,  Anthony Holborne  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata of London
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  • 19.
    Julian Bream Edition Vol 1 - Golden Age Of English Lute Music
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61584 Release Date: 10/02/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Johnson,  Francis Cutting,  John Dowland,  Philip Rosseter  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Bream
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  • 20.
    La Rocque'n'roll - Popular Music Of Renaissance France
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90177 Release Date: 09/28/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adrian Le Roy,  Robert Ballard,  Claude Goudimel,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Custer LaRue,  Chris Norman,  Ronn McFarlane,  Larry Lipkis  ... 
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  • 21.
    Robin is to the Greenwood Gone / Paul O'Dette
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79123 Release Date: 05/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Robinson,  Gregorio Huet,  Anthony Holborne,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Paul O'Dette
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