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Simon Ives

The Four-part Dances

Although overshadowed by his more famous contemporaries William Lawes and John Jenkins, Simon Ives's music is consistently tuneful and attractive. A composer of consort music, songs and masque music, Ives became a member of the London Waits in 1637. In addition to their role as city musicians, the waits also provided instrumental music for the Blackfriars Theatre, home of 'the King's Men', the theatre company that had been associated with Shakespeare.

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