Richard Allison

Biography

Born: ?1560–70 Died: ?before 1610
The works of Richard Allison are entitled "The Psalmes of David in Meter," and "An Howres Recreation in Musick." He also contributed harmony to Thomas East's "Whole Booke of Psalmes" with the melodic line carried by the tenor. Allison's expression and influence can also be found in Thomas Morley's "First Booke of Consort Lessons" specifically in the more complex harmonies. His personal mark was the import he gave to the tenor voice boh in vocal and instrumental music. Texts that he employed were of a comparatively cerebral or ethereal character and his rhtyhms were usually steady and peaceful.

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