William Daman

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Aliases: Damon; Damano; Demaunde; Damond; Dymond


Born: ca.1540

Died: 1591


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



Psalm Settings

Choral works not at CPDL


  • Beati omnes qui timent Dominum
  • Miserere nostri Domine
  • Praedicabo laudes tuae Domine
  • 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)

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