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John Bull was an English organist and composer, renowned for his knowledge of strict counterpoint. He was probably born in Hereford, where he obtained the post of organist at a young age. He quickly advanced to the positions of Gentleman of the Royal Chapel, and then organist of the Royal Chapel, by the age of twenty. In 1610, Bull was named the chief musician of the musical Prince Henry, a highly prestigious position in English music. In 1613, Bull permanently and mysteriously left England to live in Belgium, eventually becoming organist at the Anvers Cathedral. There he would have met his continental colleages, Pieter Cornet and the co-expatriot Peter Philips. Bull was one of the most knowledgeable theoreticians of his day, but his influence on the continent is hard to gauge. It does appear that he relaxed his own style under the influence of the more genial Pieter Cornet. However, these late works still show Bull's flair for counterpoint....
 
 
John Bull was an English organist and composer, renowned for his knowledge of strict counterpoint. He was probably born in Hereford, where he obtained the post of organist at a young age. He quickly advanced to the positions of Gentleman of the Royal Chapel, and then organist of the Royal Chapel, by the age of twenty. In 1610, Bull was named the chief musician of the musical Prince Henry, a highly prestigious position in English music. In 1613, Bull permanently and mysteriously left England to live in Belgium, eventually becoming organist at the Anvers Cathedral. There he would have met his continental colleages, Pieter Cornet and the co-expatriot Peter Philips. Bull was one of the most knowledgeable theoreticians of his day, but his influence on the continent is hard to gauge. It does appear that he relaxed his own style under the influence of the more genial Pieter Cornet. However, these late works still show Bull's flair for counterpoint....

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