Robert White

Biography

Born: 1538   Died: November, 1574; London, England  
Although confusion exists between Robert White, his father, who evidently outlived him, and two other sixteenth century English musicians, named Matthew White and William White, Robert White Jr. seems the most proficient and best documented. He is generally considered to be the composer of a large number of Latin motets and services, English anthems, and other works, and there is evidence he was an accomplished director and composer.

The
Read more probable son of Robert White Sr., an organ builder in Oxford, Robert Jr., is possibly mentioned as "young Whyte" in a transaction register of the church-wardens' books of the Parish of Saint Andrews in Holborn, London. In this, he is specified as the recipient of £5 in exchange for "ye great orgaynes which his father gave to ye church," this being in the first year of Mary, either 1553 or 1554. An entry years later, dated December 29, 1572, reveals the subsequent sale of the organ to "Robert Whyte, gentleman of Westminster," which would match with the composer's known whereabouts at that time and his achieved station in life.

What is known about Robert White Jr. is that he received his degree as bachelor of music at Cambridge on December 13, 1560, and that he was compelled to compose a Communion Service, this to be performed on Commencement Day in Saint Mary's Church. He was soon thereafter appointed master of the choristers at Ely Cathedral, where he succeeded the composer Tye, whose daughter he subsequently married. Documents show he remained at this post until some time in 1566, when his successor is noted. The baptism of his first daughter, Margery, is recorded as taking place December 23, 1565, at Ely.

From here, White may have gone to Chester, there being evidence of a "Mister White" being appointed master of choristers there and pay and other records during the years 1565 through 1568 show disbursements to "Mister White" for various musical services.

Posterity is more confident that it was indeed Robert White Jr. who was appointed master of choristers at Westminster Abby in 1570, and the records of that place are specific with regard to the baptism of his next three daughters whose names all match those found in his will, written shortly thereafter, in his own hand. These were Margaret, baptized on June 7, 1570, Elizabeth, baptized on February 24, 1572, and Prudence, baptized on August 23, 1573. When plague engulfed London in 1574, the composer, his wife, and all three of these young daughters died and were there buried. Read less
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  • 1.
    Vigilate! / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 720 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Philips,  Robert White,  Thomas Tallis,  William Byrd  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
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    The Tudors At Prayer Phillip Cave, Magnificat
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 447 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Mundy,  Robert White,  John Taverner,  Thomas Tallis  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Cave
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    The Phoenix Rising / Stile Antico
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 807572 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd,  Orlando Gibbons,  Thomas Morley,  Thomas Tallis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
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    Music From The Dow Partbooks: An Emerald In A Work Of Gold
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34115 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Mundy,  Nicholas Strogers,  Robert Mallory,  Nathaniel Giles  ... 
    Performer:  Rory McCleery,  Gwendolen [Soprano Vocal] Martin,  Emma Walshe,  John Bryan
    Conductor:  Rory McCleery
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rose Consort of Viols
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    Renaissance Radio / The Tallis Scholars
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 212 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Josquin Des Préz,  Cypriano de Rore,  Jacobus Clemens non Papa  ... 
    Performer:  Deborah Roberts,  Andrew Carwood
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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    Tears & Lamentations / Pro Cantione Antiqua
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1259 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert White,  William Cornysh,  Anonymous,  Gilbert Banastir  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
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  • 7.
    Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 417 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Parsons,  Robert White,  William Byrd
    Conductor:  Philip Cave
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magnificat
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    A Treasury Of English Keyboard Music
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3357 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Orlando Gibbons,  Martin Peerson,  Anonymous,  Maurice Greene  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Gifford
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    A Song Of Farewell - Music Of Mourning & Consolation
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 281 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jonathan Dove,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Orlando Gibbons,  Herbert Howells  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
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    The Treasury Of English Church Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 0846402 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Anonymous,  John Merbecke,  Robert Parsons,  Charles Villiers Stanford  ... 
    Performer:  Harry Gabb,  Harry Bramma,  Richard Seal,  Simon Preston  ... 
    Conductor:  Denis Stevens,  Douglas Guest,  Sir George Thalben-Ball,  John Dykes Bower  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  Ambrosian Players,  Westminster Abbey Choir  ... 
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    Sacred Music In The Renaissance Vol 2 - Tallis Scholars
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 302 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antoine Brumel,  Heinrich Isaac,  Jacob Obrecht,  Alfonso Ferrabosco  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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    Puer Natus Est / Stile Antico
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 807517 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd,  Anonymous,  Robert White,  John Taverner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
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    Robert White: Hymns, Psalms & Lamentations / Gallicantus
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 134 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert White
    Conductor:  Gabriel Crouch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gallicantus
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    Lamentations / Nordic Voices
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 763 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tomás Luis de Victoria,  Carlo Gesualdo,  Robert White,  Giovanni Palestrina
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    Taverner & Tudor Music Vol 2 / Hillier, Ars Nova Copenhagen
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 8226056 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Robert Fayrfax,  John Taverner,  Robert White  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Hillier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Nova Copenhagen
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    Tudor Church Music Vol 2 / Phillips, Tallis Scholars
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 210 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert White,  Thomas Tallis,  John Sheppard
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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    Mary And Elizabeth At Westminster Abbey / James O'Donnell, Westminster Cathedral Choir
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67704 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christopher Tye,  William Mundy,  Thomas Tallis,  John Sheppard  ... 
    Conductor:  James O'Donnell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
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    Lamentations De La Renaissance / Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501682 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert White,  Orlando de Lassus,  Tiburtio Massaino,  Marbrianus de Orto
    Performer:  Jean-Marc Aymes,  Maria Cristina Kiehr,  Baldrick Deerenberg,  Christina Kyprianides  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul van Nevel,  Jean-Marc Aymes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble,  Concerto Soave
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    Treasures Of Tudor England / The Sixteen
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16056 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christopher Tye,  Robert White,  Robert Parsons
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
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    A Treasury Of English Keyboard Music - Gerald Gifford
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3357 Release Date: 01/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Burney,  William Jones,  William Boyce,  Charles Quarles  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Gifford
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  • 21.
    Music For Compline - Tallis, Byrd, Sheppard / Stile Antico
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907419 Release Date: 01/16/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Sheppard,  Anonymous,  William Byrd,  Thomas Tallis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
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    Gentlemen Of The Chapel Royal / Peter Dijkstra, The Gents
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 6013 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Parsons,  Thomas Weelkes,  William Byrd,  William Cornysh  ... 
    Performer:  Benjamin Bakker,  Siebe Henstra,  Niec Van der Meulen,  Robert Kuizenga
    Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents,  Diapente Viol Consort
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  • 23.
    Great Tudor Anthems - Byrd, Tomkins, Etc / Hunt, Et Al
    Label: Griffin   Catalog: 4053 Release Date: 06/27/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd,  Thomas Tallis,  Orlando Gibbons,  John Blitheman  ... 
    Performer:  Raymond Johnston,  Simon Ravens
    Conductor:  Donald Hunt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Worcester Cathedral Choir
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    Light Of The Spirit / Brown, Choir Of Clare College Cambridge
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 902 Release Date: 04/01/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  William Henry Harris,  Anonymous,  Einojuhani Rautavaara,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Jupp,  Nicholas Mulroy,  Reuben Thomas,  Vanessa Huntly  ... 
    Conductor:  Timothy Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir
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    Voices Of Tranquillity / Magdala
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1120 Release Date: 02/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Francois Dulot,  Orlando de Lassus,  Sarum Chant  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magdala
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