Henry Butler (viol player)

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Henry Butler (born in England, died 1652 in Spain) was an English composer and viol player. From 1623 until his death he lived in Spain, serving as a musician in the chapel of Philip IV, under the names Enrique (or Enrrique) Botelero[1] and Enrico Butler.[2]

Butler and William Young, an English viol player working at the Austrian court in Innsbruck, were the first English composers to call their works sonatas.[3] Young published 11 sonatas in 1653,[4] whereas all of Butler's works survived only in undated manuscripts. His three sonatas were for violin, bass viol and continuo.[2]

The three sonatas have been recorded by The Newberry Consort.[5]


  1. ^ "LOC Authorities". Archived from the original on July 14, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Phillips, Elizabeth V., ed. (1991). Henry Butler: Collected Works, with basso continuo realizations and commentary by Jack Ashworth. Madison, WI: A-R Editions. p. vii. ISBN 0-89579-263-X.
  3. ^ Keates, Jonathan (1996). Purcell: A Biography. London: Random House. p. 93. ISBN 1-55553-287-X.
  4. ^ Boyden, David D. (1965). The History of Violin Playing from its Origins to 1761. London: Oxford University Press. pp. 237–38. ISBN 978-0-19-816183-7.
  5. ^ "OCLC Reference to 1989 Recording 'Musick for Severall Friends' on Harmonia Mundi". Retrieved November 14, 2011.

External links

  • "Henry Butler at the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". Retrieved November 14, 2011.

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