According to The Oxford Companion to Music
, William Cornyshe was a noted composer, playwright, actor and pageant master (and, curiously , on occasion, provider of guttering, paving, and even sanitary conveniences) about the court of Henry VIII
. In some of these varied and useful capacities he served his master at the Field of the Cloth of Gold, to which he took ten choir boys, being allowed twopence a day for their "diette". Some of his sacred music, a little music for viols, and also some jovial secular choral compositions, survive.
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