Thomas Morley was born in 1557 or 1558 in Norwich where he is thought to have been a chorister at the Cathedral. In 1583, in his mid-twenties, he took up the post of Organist there, subsequently being appointed Organist at St Paul's Cathedral, London in 1587 and a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal in 1592. He died in 1602.
A most respected musician and composer in his day, he contributed to all the major genres of the time: sacred music for the Latin and English rites, keyboard and instrumental works and collections of madrigals and songs set either to English or Italian texts. His celebrated treatise A Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practical Musicke, published in 1597, is the most comprehensive and important early work of its kind in the English language. He also held a monopoly of music printing in England from 1598 until his death.