William Child

William Child (1606 - 1697)

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William Child
Born in Bristol, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
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Died [location unknown]
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Categories: English Classical Baroque Composers.


William Child was born in 1606 n Bristol, Child was a chorister in the cathedral under the direction of Elway Bevin. In 1630 he began his lifetime association with St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, becoming first a lay-clerk and, from 1632, Master of the Choristers there until the dissolution of the chapel in 1643. After the Restoration of Charles II in 1660, Child was re-appointed to St. George's, became Master of the King's Wind Music and a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal. He died 23 March 1697.[1]


  • His output of church music is understandably considerable, including a set of psalms (1639), many anthems and 17 service settings. He was often influenced by the Italian 'tastes' of his time, but also wrote anthems in more conventional English forms.
  • Little secular music of Child survives, namely, a number of catches and instrumental pieces.[2]


  1. Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Centennial Edition. Nicolas Slonimsky, Editor Emeritus. Schirmer, 2001.
  2. Free scores by William Child at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)

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