Born: c. 1565
Sir William Leighton was an Elizabethan composer and editor who published The Teares and Lamentatacions of a Sorrowfull Soule (1614) which comprised 55 pieces by 21 composers (among them John Bull, William Byrd, John Dowland and Martin Peerson), including eight by himself. The book is historically important because it has parts for an instrumental accompaniment of broken consort and introduces the term "consort song".
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Settings of text by William Leighton
- Almighty God, who hast me brought (Thomas Ford)
- Be unto me (William Byrd)
- Come help O God (William Byrd)
- I am quite tired with my groans (John Wilbye)
- I laid me down (William Byrd)
- Look down O Lord (William Byrd)
- Most mighty and all-knowing Lord (Thomas Weelkes)
- O God, the rock of my whole strength (John Wilbye)
- O had I wings like to a dove (John Milton the Elder)
- O Lord, how do my woes increase (Orlando Gibbons)
- O Lord, I lift my heart to Thee (Orlando Gibbons)
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