Aliases: William Damon; Guillaume Damano; Guillaume Demaunde; William Damond; William Dymond
Damon was a foreign composer resident in England. He arrived probably in England in 1566 as a servant of Sir Thomas Sackville. In 1576 he became a recorder player at the Court of Elizabeth I.
He was described as having been born in "Luke" and "Lewklande" and, on the assumption that these names refer to Luik or Liège, it has been inferred that he was a Walloon. However contemporary London records describe him as an Italian and a later reference refers to him having been born in "Luke in Italy", i.e. Lucca. His unanglicised name may have been Gulielmo (or Gulielmus) Damano.
Daman died from the effects of an ulcer and was buried at St Peter le Poer, London, on 26 March 1591. (A. Ashbee and D. Lasocki, eds., "A Biographical Dictionary of English Court Musicians, 1485–1714", 2 vols. (1998), i, p. 331.)
List of choral works at CPDL
Choral works not at CPDL
- Spem in alium
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- The Psalmes of David in English Metre (1579)
- The Former Booke of Musicke of M. William Damon (1591)
- The Second Booke of Musicke of M. William Damon (1591)