- David Brown
(b ?1575–80; fl 1599–1614). English composer. He dedicated his madrigal volume (1599), ‘these first fruits of my simple skill … the indeavors of a yong wit’, to Ralph Assheton, who held civic office in both Lancashire and Cheshire, as a token for favours received. It seems probable, therefore, that Bennet came from the north-west of England, and was born about 1575–80.
For his madrigal volume Bennet took an unusually large number of texts (six out of 17) from existing collections; three of these texts had been printed only in the preceding year. Although Bennet did not borrow musical ideas from these earlier settings, he was evidently well acquainted with the very latest trends in the English madrigal. Certain features in his work seem to derive from Weelkes and Wilbye, but Morley was clearly his main model. Yet a trend towards the more serious madrigal is also present in this collection, and one work, ...