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John Jenkins (1592–1678)

John Jenkins, renowned as a performer on both lute and viol, was also one of the most outstanding English composers of instrumental consort music between about 1625 and 1670. He may have been active in London in the early part of his career, but most of his long life seems to have been spent as resident musician in some of the great houses of eastern England, such as those of the Derham, L’Estrange and North families. There he would play, teach and direct the music-making, as well as composing and copying music as required.

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