Robert White

(c. 1538—1574) church musician and composer

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(bc.1538; d Westminster, 1574).

Eng. composer and organist. Possibly pupil of Tye, since the Ellen Tye he married was the older composer's daughter. Mus.B., Cambridge, 1560. Choirmaster, Ely Cath., 1562–6. Org., Chester Cath. 1567 then, from 1569, org. and choirmaster, Westminster Abbey. Died of plague, as did wife and 3 children. One of finest Eng. composers of his time. Wrote mainly church mus., making brilliant use of imitation. Works incl. Magnificat, 2 Lamentations, 20 motets, and 4 anthems.

Subjects: Music.

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