Thomas Weelkes Biography
Thomas Weelkes served briefly as organist at Winchester College before his appointment to a similar position at Chichester Cathedral, from which he was eventually dismissed for drunkenness and profanity of language. He was for a time associated with the Chapel Royal. His achievement as a composer lies in his madrigals and in music he wrote for the Church of England.
Weelkes wrote a number of service settings that remain in continued use. His anthems include the well-known Hosanna to the Son of David
. The sacred madrigal, When David heard
, treats with the deepest feeling King David's lament for the death of his son Absalom.
Weelkes also published a number of collections of madrigals, following the musical fashions of the turn of the century, the first collection published in 1597.