Volume of poems attributed to Henry Hall

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

89 poems, composed ca. 1689-1707

Administrative / Biographical History

Henry Hall, c.1656-1707, musician and poet, was a boy chorister at the Chapel Royal, where he was a friend and contemporary of Henry Purcell. After five years at Exeter Cathedral he was appointed Assistant Organist at Hereford, where he took minor orders and became a Vicar Choral. He was appointed Organist in 1688, a post he held until his death. Hall was a serious and successful composer of church music, but he also wrote well over a hundred secular songs and poems, including drinking songs and political satires.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

Bought from Peter Murray Hill, February 1955

Note

In English

Other Finding Aids

The poems are indexed in the BCMSV database http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/spcoll/bcmsv/intro.html