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Bemoaning the fickleness of fashion current in 1676, Thomas Mace usefully sets down `as a Remembrancer, and Well-willer to Posterity' the manner of the old viol consort music:
We had for our Grave Musick, Fancies of 3, 4, 5, and 6 Parts to the Organ; Interpos'd (now and then) with some Pavins, Allmains, Solemn, and Sweet Delightful Ayres, all of which were (as it were) so many Pathettical Stories, Rhetorical, and Sublime Discourses; Subtil, and Accute Argumentations; so Suitable, and Agreeing to the Inward, Secret, and Intellectual Faculties of the Soul and Mind; that to set Them forth according to their True Praise, there are no Words Sufficient in Language.
Mace rated Thomas Lupo as one of the `Substantial, Able and Profound Composing Masters in This Art'. Thomas Lupo became the most prominent …