Robert Jones (composer)
He received the degree of B.Mus from Oxford in 1597 (St. Edmund Hall). He ran a school in London . Records show that he had a patent (monopoly) to train children for the Queen's Revels between 1610–15. In 1610, he collaborated with Philip Rosseter to present plays at the Whitefriars theatre. He was recorded as a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal 1612.
He published five volumes of simple and melodious lute songs, and one of madrigals; he also contributed to The Triumphs of Oriana and Leighton's Teares. His 27 madrigals are mostly to texts about birds – birds merry, sweet, shrill, crowing or melancholic.
William Shakespeare quoted his song, 'Farewell, dear love', in Twelfth Night.
The date and place of Jones's death are not recorded.
- The First Booke of Songes and Ayres, 1600, dedicated to Robert Sidney, 1st Earl of Leicester (1563–1626)
- The Second Booke of Ayres, 1601, dedicated to Sir Henry Lennard, 12th Baron Dacre (1570–1616)
- Third book, 1605, dedicated to Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales (died 1612)
- The first set of madrigals of 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. parts, viols and voices, 1607, dedicated to Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury
- Ultimum vale, with a triplicity of musicke, ..., 1608
- A Musicall Dreame, or the Fourth Booke of Ayres ..., 1609, dedicated to Sir John Levinthorpe
- The Muses Gardin for delight, or the Fift booke of Ayres onely for the Lute, the bass Violl, and the Voyce, 1611, dedicated to Lady Mary Wroth (1587?–1651?)