Sheppard, John (b c1515 - d 1559/60)
Sheppard was at Magdalen College, Oxford from 1543 to 1548 and by 1552 his was a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal. Most of his extant music for the Latin rite probably dates from Mary's reign. His six part Magnificat, for example, with its florid counterpoint and lack of imitation, belongs to the tradition of the Eton choirbook composers. Amongst his more modern works are the four part Magnificat, the Missa 'Cantate', and the The Western Wynde Mass. He was at his best when writing vigorous counterpoint around plainchant. His English works, which include fifteen anthems and service music appears to date from Edward's reign.