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Giles Farnaby

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Aliases: Farnaby, Gilles


Born: 1563

Died: 1640


Giles Farnaby was born in 1560 in Truro, Cornwall, the son of Thomas Farnaby, a scholar and schoolmaster. It seems it was his cousin, Nicholas, a maker of virginals, who turned him to music and it is for his contributions to the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book that Giles Farnaby is best known today, although he also composed madrigals, canzonets and psalms.

In 1592 He graduated from the University of Oxford receiving a Bachelor’s degree in music and his musical output includes a total of 52 pieces which were included in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book along with 4 pieces by his son, Richard.

He died, in London, in November 1640.

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