A Dictionary of Music and Musicians/Cobbold, William

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COBBOLD, William, a composer of the latter part of the sixteenth, and early part of the following century, was one of the ten musicians who harmonised the tunes for 'The Whole Booke of Psalmes with their wonted Tunes as they are song in Churches, composed into foure partes,' published by Thomas Este in 1592. He contributed a madrigal, 'With wreaths of rose and laurel,' to 'The Triumphes of Oriana,' 1601. The only other known compositions by him are another madrigal, 'New Fashions,' and an anthem, 'In Bethlehem towne,' of which some separate parts are preserved in the library of the Sacred Harmonic Society. Nothing is known of his life.

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