Richard Davy

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Born: c.1465

Died: 1507


Richard Davy was a Renaissance composer, organist and choirmaster. Little is known about his life. His name was a common one in Devon and he may have been born there. He was a scholar of Magdalen College, Oxford and acted as choir master and organist at least in the period 1490-2.

Davy is the second most represented composer in the Eton Choirbook, with nine compositions including his most celebrated work, the Passio Domini in ramis palmarum or Passion according to St Matthew. His work is considered more florid than that of his contemporaries Robert Fayrfax and William Cornysh and may have had considerable impact on later figures such as John Taverner.

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