The Ballad of Salomon Pavey ~ Who was ...?
Salomon Pavey (Salmon/Salathiel) (d1602) The subject of a moving epitaph by Ben Jonson. A chorister of the Chapel Royal during the latter years of the reign of Elizabeth 1. He became famous as a child actor, celebrated for playing the characters of old men. A favourite of the Queen, he died at the age of 13.
The Earl of Oxford (d1604). Edward de Vere, The 17th Earl . Son-in-law of Lord Burleigh and sometime favourite of Queen Elizabeth !st. Intelligent and handsome; a writer ... some would say a contender responsible for writing Shakespeare's works ... patron of various acting groups - The Earl of Warwick's Players - Oxford's Boys, including the child actors of St. Paul's and The Chapel Royal.
William Hunnis (d1597) He was appointed Master of the Chapel Royal on the accession of Elizabeth 1 in 1558. According to all accounts many of his entertainments, if not extraordinary in their artfulness, were capable of manifesting sufficient excellence to be celebrated by his contemporaries. He took the lease on Blackfriars with Richard Farrant in 1576 exactly four hundred years before the première of "The Ballad of Salomon Pavey".
Nathaniel Giles (or Gyles) (d1633) Organist of Worcester Cathedral (1581 - 86) He held posts at St Georges, Windsor, and at the Chapel Royal , taking a lease on Blackfriars with Henry Evans in 1600. He was a popular composer in his time. His anthems were widely circulated but largely forgotten after his death.
Ben Jonson (d1637) Poet, playwright , critic. Author of Salomon's Epitaph in 1602. One of the dedicatory poets in the First Folio. Other works include Every Man in His Humour; Volpone; The Alchemist; Bartholomew Fair. He also wrote more directly about the playwright Shakespeare than any other.
John Lyly (d 1606) Prose writer, influential courtly playwright, Oxford's secretary. His Euphues romances featuring elegant language led to Euphuism. He gained control of Blackfriars Theater in 1583. Many of his plays were prose comedies performed by the child companies.
William Sheppard (d) The Porter and Keeper of the Gate at Blackfriars.