Early Tudor Composers: Biographical Sketches of Thirty-Two Musicians and Composers of the Period 1485-1555

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XVIII. Robert Jones

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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For an account of Cornish see Chapter III.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Note 7
  • Preface 8
  • Contents 11
  • I. Gilbert Banaster 13
  • Ii. David Burton 17
  • Iii. William Cornish 20
  • Iv. William Crane 23
  • V. William Newark 27
  • Vi. Hugh Aston 30
  • Vii. Richard Pygot 34
  • Viii. Robert Fayrfax 37
  • Ix. John Browne 40
  • X. Richard Hygons 43
  • Xi. Richard Bramston 46
  • Xii. John Taverner 49
  • Xiii. Thomas Farthing 52
  • Xiv. Thomas Ashwell 55
  • Xv. Richard Davy 60
  • Xvi. Robert Cowper, Mus.D. 64
  • Xvii. John Lloyd 66
  • Xviii. Robert Jones 69
  • Xix. Nicholas Ludford 72
  • Xx. Sir William Hawte 76
  • Xxi. William Pasche 79
  • Xxii. Richard Sampson 83
  • Xxiii. Simon Burton 86
  • Xxiv. William Whytbroke 89
  • Xxv. Thomas Knight 92
  • Xxvi. John Redford 95
  • Xxvii. Thomas Appleby 100
  • Xxviii. John Dygon 104
  • Xxix. John Gwynneth, Mus.Doc. 108
  • Xxx. Richard Edwards 112
  • Xxxi. Edward Higgins 116
  • Xxxii. William Parsons 119
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