- (b. 1568? died on May 5th, 1623)
- Lute song composer
- Royal lutenists in the Court of James I.
- Friend of Thomas Campion.
- Theater and acting troupe manager.
The Complete Works Of Philip Rosseter
The Life of Philip Rosseter
Philip Rosseter Time Line
Thomas Campion (1567 - 1620)|
English Poet and Lute Song Composer
A John Dowland page
Francis Pilkington's Life,
Pilkington's Works or Pilkington's Lyrics
A little on Richard Alison
Thomas Ravenscroft (The music teacher of Philip Rosseter's sons)
For more about this Robert Jones / Philip Rosseter, Phreap site, further indexs and more on the site updates see, 'Construction, Highlights and Features'.
Robert Jones and me, Patrick T. Connolly
- (fl. 1597 - 1617).
- Madrigal and lute song composer.
- The most prolific of the English lute song composers (along with Thomas Campian).
- William Shakespeare quoted his song, 'Farewell, dear love', in one of the greatest plays of the English language.
The Life of Robert Jones
The Complete Works Of Robert Jones
Robert Jones Time Line
This is an unfinished page that I hope to edit sometime in the future.
There can be no doubt that Robert Jones and Philip Rosseter were both admirers of Thomas Campian. However, hard evidence of their working relationship is scarce. In the vacuum of hard facts my mind sometimes takes to wondering about the some of the possibilities. I think it is possible that they both worked together on the music to Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night or What You Will'. I think there is some circumstantial evidence to say that Robert Jones had a greater involvement in this play than he is given credit for. and if not him - there were not a lot of capable musician living in London. who else did music for theatre - Robert Johnson in closely associated with the music of Shakespeare but remember this is way before Robert Johnson's time.
Only the documents, regarding the Porter's Hall (or Puddle Wharf) theatre, lock these two musicians into a shared fate, where the life story of Robert Jones follows the same path as Rosseter. These documents show that Philip Rosseter was business partners with three people with the surname 'Jones' over a period of about ten years. First Richard Jones, then Robert Jones and lastly James Jones. XXThus Philip Rossetter was associated with people named"Jones" for over ?? years. XX whether these people were in the same family Jones is an interesting question and one I hope to study further.
"JONES, RICHARD, - By 1622 Jones was a "musician" in the service of Philip Julius, Duke of Wolgast. Two petitions from him are preserved (Meyer, Jahrbuch, xxxviii. 209-10) On August 30, 1623, he asked permission, with his fellows Johan Kostressen and Robert Dulant [son of John Dowland?], to leave Wolgast and return to England - and on July 10, 1614, he wrote to the Duke that he had failed to get profitable employment in England, and asked to be taken again under his patronage."
John Dowland himself seems to to not find any patronage in England from about 1608? to 1612? John Jeffreys writes "[Dowland ... was seeking patronage for nearly two years, an anxious time for Dowland, culminating in success with Lord Walden becoming, in 1612, his patron..." p 73]
Perhaps Richard Iones was related to Robert Jones. We know very little about Robert Jones and have to carefully place the clues together.
Wandering actors Philip Kingham & Ralph Reeve, Robert Brown, and Richard Iones wanted a home theatre and they had enemies (one being an aging William Shakespeare who lived around the corner from Robert Jones) who did not want another London theatre beside Shakespeare's Blackfriers.
Most of these documents are reprinted in the Malone Society Collections and here are some brief quotes to highlight the events;
Malone Society Collections IV. p. 56.
On 13 July 1613 they paid the Master of the Revels [pounds] 20 'for a license to erect a new play-house in the White-friars' ... the Council frustrated Rosseter's plans by their order of 29 July ...
... on 3 June 1615 the speculators had secured for their new theatre a royal licence. ...
June 3, 1615 - Licence for the erection of the Porter's Hall theatre in the Blackfriars - I. iii. p. 277
Phillipp Roseter, together with Phillipp kingman Robert Iones and Ralph Reeve ... lady Saunders house or otherwise Porters hall and now in the occupation of the said Robert Iones. ... Playhouse to be vsed by the Childern of the Revells of ... the Princes Players and for the ladie Elizabeths Players ...
The Child Actors by H. N. Hilledrand 1964
On October 31, 1617, a new Queen's Revels company was organized under the leadership of Rosseter, Robert Lee, William Perry, and Nicholas Long. ... [p. 250] This new company played in the provinces until 1623. ...
On April 9, 1623, a confirmation of a license of October 31, 1617, was granted Perry for one year. [46Murry II 272-3] With him were named as associates George Bosgrave, Richard Backster, Thomas Band, James Jones, Walter Barrett, James Kneller and Edward Tobye. The reason for procuring this confirmation was possibly the failing health of Rosseter. He died on May 5, 1623 ...
A theatre on the site of Robert Iones' house was demolished by civic authorities". The New Grove is wrong is (repeating the old mistake) saying Philip Kingham & Ralph Reeve, Iones and Rosseter got a license to train kids in 1610. That was the Robert Brown, Richard Iones and Rosseter license.
(an Inago Jones Theatre)
No one seems to ever suggest that having this theatre demolished may have caused some financial problems for those involved. No one says that the reason Campion had only 20 pounds to leave his friend ('wishing it were more') is that he and his friend lost a lot of money in a theatre. Rosseter had to get out of London and tour the country, leading a troupe that included a young player named James Jones. I had thought, as people do, that Campion's 'wishing it were more' line was funny, but now I think it is a sad line about hard times. Rosseter had a lot of kids. Rosseter's family fled England and went to Holland. We hear of little more about Robert Iones.
Patrick Connolly - December 4, 2003 & February 14, 2004, May 4 & June 25, 2005.
Malone Society Collections I, II & IV.
The Child Actors by Harold Newcomb Hilledrand 1926 or 1964
'The Life And Works of Philip Rosseter' by John Jeffreys (1990)
Roberton Publications, The Windmill, Wendover, Aylesbury HP22 6JJ.
Printed in Great Britain by Lavenham Press Ltd.
The 2001 edition of The New Grove Dictionary
'Philip Rosseter And His Songs' by N. Fortune in a 1965 issue of The Lute Society Journal
'The English Ayre' by Peter Warlock (1926).
Chamberlains' & Warden's Accounts COR: A7 (c) - book III
The names of the players names named in the patent the Lady Elizabethes players bearinge date the xxxjth of May. Anno Undecimo Jacobi.
Iohn Townesend . . . . . - Sworne officers & non other
Iosephe More . . . . . . . . - named in the patent
Charles Martyn . . . . . . . . . - Boys
.5. horses in the Company
(reverse of sheet)
The Misdemeanor of one of the Lady Elizabeths players.