Dunstaple [Dunstable], John
- Margaret Bent
Dunstaple [Dunstable], John (d. 1453), composer, is of unknown origins, though his family presumably took its name from Dunstable in Bedfordshire, to which spelling modern scholarship has often adapted his name, despite the contemporary preponderance of ‘p’, including in his autograph signature. Nothing certain is known of his date of birth or early career, but his earliest works are datable to the decade 1410–20. It has often been suggested that he entered the service of ...