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Michael Wise (Composer)

Born: c. 1647, Wiltshire

Died: 24th August 1687, Salisbury

Nationality: English

Michael Wise was an English organist and composer. He sang as a child in the choir of the Chapel Royal and served as a countertenor in St George's Chapel, Windsor, from 1666 until, in 1668, he was appointed organist and choirmaster at Salisbury Cathedral. In 1676 he became a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, and in the last year of his life was Master of the Children at St Paul's Cathedral.

He was killed during a confrontation with a Salisbury night watchman:

"He had quarrelled with his wife on some trivial matter, and rushed out of his house.

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