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Giles Farnaby
Birth: 1563
Death: Nov., 1640

Composer. Considered one of the greatest keyboard composers of his era, he specialized in writing music for the virginal, a small, legless harpsichord. His virginal pieces are whimsical and inventive, with charming melodies and progressions that occasionally spoof Renaissance musical practice. He gave them such descriptive titles as "Farnaby's Dream", "His Humor", "Woody Cock", "Put Up Thy Dagger, Jemy", "A Toy", and "Tower Hill". In his peculiar art he bears a notable resemblance to the 20th Century eccentric Erik Satie. Farnaby was born in Truro, near Cornwall, England, and earned a Bachelor's degree in music at Oxford in 1592. A furniture-maker by trade, he was never a professional musician, though his compositions were well regarded by his contemporaries. All but one of Farnaby's 52 known keyboard works were preserved in the "Fitzwilliam Virginal Book", an important 17th Century manuscript collection first published in 1899. Several have been arranged for piano, guitar, lute, and other instruments. His son Richard was also a composer. (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
 
Burial:
St Giles Cripplegate Churchyard
London
City of London
Greater London, England
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
Record added: Aug 25, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21144008
Giles Farnaby
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- Mellissa Lake Co. Illinois
 Added: Aug. 4, 2013
I light a candle for Giles Farnaby ...
- Candles
 Added: Jan. 21, 2012
Thank you for your legacy. Rest in peace.
- Ken MacLeod
 Added: Jul. 31, 2008
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