Thomas Morley, an English composer, died in London at an advanced age about 1604. He graduated as a bachelor of music at Oxford in 1588, and was made gentleman of Queen Elizabeth's chapel in 1592. He was a pupil of William Birde and a student of the forms of the Italian madrigal writers. His works consist of canzonets, madrigals, anthems, and church services. In imitation of Giovanelli, who had employed 37 of the most celebrated Italian composers to write madrigals in honor of the Virgin Mary, Morley obtained from English composers 24 madrigals in praise of Queen Elizabeth under the name of Oriana, entitling the collection "The Triumphs of Oriana, to five and six voices, composed by divers several authors, newly published by Thomas Morley, Bach, of Musicke and Gentleman of her Majesty's honorable Chapell" (1601). Among the composers represented in this collection were John Milton, father of the poet, Wilbye, and Benet. Morley wrote also a treatise of much value entitled "A Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practical Musicke".