Robert Whyte

Birth / Death Dates
c. 1530 - 1574

Robert Whyte (or White) was a Tudor composer, considered by his contemporaries (such as Thomas Morley) to be one of the leading English composers of the century along with Tallis, Taverner, Sheppard, Parsons, and Byrd. He was the son-in-law of composer Christopher Tye, whom he succeeded as Master of the Choristers at Ely Cathedral. Among his greatest works is a setting of the Lamentations in Latin, one of the finest examples of the genre. He died, along with his family, in a plague outbreak in 1574.