IT is well perhaps to warn the reader that Robert Jones, the early Tudor composer, is quite a different person from the Robert Jones of the 'Triumphs of Oriana', for, although musicians have been credited with longevity, there is more than half a century separating the musical activities of the two composers. As a matter of fact, the earlier of the two namesakes was a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal in 1512, while the later Robert Jones was not born till about the year 1570. The early Tudor composer has the distinction of figuring among the contributors to Wynkyn de Worde's unique printed book of Twenty Songs, IX of IIII parts and XI of III parts, dated from London, on October 10, 1530. He is also included in Morley's oft-quoted list--published in 1597-- of famous English composers who flourished before the Reformation, and hence he deserves inclusion in the present series, all the more by reason of the fact that his biography does not appear in any of our standard books of reference.
Robert Jones was born circa 1485, and was a boy chorister in the Chapel Royal under William Newark. On the death of Edward Johns, or Jones (who may, possibly, have been a relative), he was appointed a 'Gentleman of the King's Chapel', in March 1512, under William Cornish1. He accompanied King Henry VIII in the summer of 1513 as one of the Chapel Royal, and there are contemporary notices of the magnificent singing of the English monarch's chapel at Thérouanne, on September 3 following, when 'a Te Deum was sung by the King's singers', followed by 'an Anthem of Our Lady and another of St. George'. On September 17, at Tournai, in a pavilion of purple and gold, after a sermon by the Bishop of St. Asaph, a 'Te Deum' was again sung by the choristers of the Chapel Royal, led by Dr. Robert Fayrfax, under____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Early Tudor Composers:Biographical Sketches of Thirty-Two Musicians and Composers of the Period 1485-1555. Contributors: W. Henry Hadow - Author, William H. Grattan Flood - Author. Publisher: Oxford university Press, H. Milford. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1925. Page number: 69.
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