Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Johnson, Edward (fl.1601)

JOHNSON, EDWARD (fl. 1601), musical composer, of Caius College, Cambridge, was admitted Mus.Bac. 1594. He composed the madrigal, ‘Come, blessed bird,’ in Morley's ‘Triumphs of Oriana,’ 1601, and some psalm-tunes in Este's ‘Whole Book of Psalms,’ 1592. A madrigal, ‘Ah! silly John,’ with its second part, ‘That I love her,’ is in a manuscript collection of madrigals in the Royal College of Music Library. In a manuscript book, British Museum Addit. MS. 30484, is a madrigal, ‘Eliza is ye fayrest quene,’ with a note appended: ‘Mr. E. Johnson, chaplain to Queen Ann Boleyn.’ Apparently Johnson was not a priest, and the memorandum probably refers to Robert Johnson (fl. 1550) [q. v.]

[Grove's Dict. of Music, i. 36; Cooper's Athenæ Cantabr. ii. 304; Sacred Harmonic Society's Cat. of Music, p. 221.]

L. M. M.