born in 1530
died on 25/1/1570
Robert Parsons (composer)
Robert Parsons (ca. 1535 January 1571/2) was an English composer.
Although little is known about the life of Robert Parsons, it is likely that in his youth he was a choir boy, as until 1561 he was an assistant to Richard Bower, Master of the Children Choristers of the Chapel Royal.
Parsons was appointed Gentleman of the Chapel Royal on 17 October 1563. His work consisted of a number of sacred and secular vocal compositions, including his Ave Maria, as well as some instrumental pieces. He is believed to have died in January 1571/2 when he fell into the then swollen River Trent and was drowned. He may have been a teacher of, or at least an influence on, William Byrd at Lincoln Cathedral. Byrd succeeded him as Gentleman of the Chapel Royal.
- The Robert Parsons Project website
- The Parsons Affayre - Recording of all the Latin motets of Robert Parsons
- St Martin's Chamber Choir - Biography of Robert Parsons
- Naxos Biographies - Robert Parsons
- Here Of A Sunday Morning Radio Programme - Robert Parsons
- Free scores by Robert Parsons (composer) in the Choral Public Domain Library (ChoralWiki)
- Free scores by Robert Parsons (composer) in the International Music Score Library Project