Michael Wise

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Born: c. 1648

Died: 24 August 1687


Wise was one of the first generation of boy choristers to be trained by Captain Henry Cook at the Chapel Royal after the RestorationLink to the English Wikipedia article, a generation which also included John Blow and Pelham Humfrey.

The entry in Cathedral Music, Volume 2 (William Boyce) reads:

Michael Wise, was also of the first Set of Children of the King's Chapel, after the Restauration. His first Preferments were to be Organist, and Master of the Choristers to the Cathedral Church of Salisbury, which he succeeded to April the 29th, 1668; and on January the 6th, 1675-6, he was appointed a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal. He became Almoner, and Master of the Choristers in the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, London, on January the 27th, 1686, and died at Salisbury in August, 1687. He was one of the three great Geniuses produced from this first Set of Children: Humphrys had but a short Period, but Blow lived many Years after these his School-fellows, to cultivate with Success his uncommon Talent of Modulation.

Wise appears to have been of a choleric temperament; his death was reported a few months after the event thus: "he was knock'd on the head and kill'd downright by the Night watch at Salisbury for giving stubborne and refractory language to them" on St Bartholomew’s night 1687.

View the Wikipedia article on Michael Wise.

List of choral works

Services, all with org

Anthems, all with org, for 3vv unless otherwise stated

Songs, catches, etc.

in 16854, 16864

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