Born: 20 November 1752
Died: 24 August 1770
Thomas Chatterton was an English poet and forger of pseudo-medieval poetry; Bristol's answer to Ossian. His forgeries were more readily accepted than those of James Macpherson, but by 1785 his authorship of the spurious texts was firmly established. A number of his poems were set to music in the form of glees by John Wall Callcott. His best known poem, "O synge untoe mie roundelaie" was set to music in the form of a 5 part madrigal by Samuel Wesley. He was also the subject of an opera by Ruggiero Leoncavallo, "Chatterton".
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Settings of text by Thomas Chatterton
- O sing unto mie roundelaie (Samuel Wesley)
- Oh thou where'er (thie bones att reste) (John Wall Callcott)
- Songe to Aelle (John Wall Callcott)
- The honour of May (Thomas Dunhill)
- Whann Battayle smethinge (John Wall Callcott)
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