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Nicholas Yonge (c. 1560 – October 1619) was an English singer and publisher. He is most famous for publishing the Musica transalpina (1588), a collection of Italian madrigals, translated into English, which proved to be explosively popular, beginning (or fueling) a vogue for madrigal composing and singing in England which lasted into the first two decades of the 17th century. Musica transalpina contains 57 separate pieces by 18 composers, with Alfonso Ferrabosco (the elder) having the most, and Luca Marenzio second most. Ferrabosco was living in England, which explains the large number of his compositions in the book; he was relatively unknown in Italy.
In 1597 Yonge published a second book (Musica transalpina: the Second Booke of Madrigalles, ... translated out of Sundrie Italian Authors). Composers such as John Wilbye and Thomas Weelkes used the pieces in both collections as models for their work.
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