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Bachelar, Daniel

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Daniel Bacheler (baptized 16 March 1572; died 1619) was an English lutenist and composer.[1]

Bacheler was born at Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire,[2] and served an apprenticeship with Thomas Cardell who was a lutenist and dancing-master in the court of Queen Elizabeth I.[3]

He worked for Sir Francis Walsingham, Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, and finally as a groom of the privy chamber for Queen Anne of Denmark, consort of James I.[1]

At the royal court he composed some fifty lute pieces.[1] These included a number of pavans, galliards, almaines and fantasies, including a piece titled “Monsieurs Almaine”. Elizabeth Roche, reviewing a CD of his work for the Daily Telegraph commented on the current neglect of Bacheler’s music, suggesting that one reason is the “difficulty of his ornamental style, including arpeggios, trills, and even the dazzling tremolos that conclude his variations on Mounsieurs Almaine”.[4]

The Heralds Visitation records show that Bacheler received a grant of arms in 1606.[5]

He was buried on 29 January 1618/1619 in St Margaret’s churchyard, Lee, Kent.[6]

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