Thomas Weelkes (1576 - 1623)

Most of Weelkes compositions are vocal pieces, both sacred and secular. A prolific madrigalist, he has been criticized for his lack of skill in integrating the texts with his melodic lines. However, Weelkes is remembered for his creative musical imagery and his mastery of counterpoint. These attributes make him one of the finest composers of English madrigals in the 17th century.