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ROBERT JOHNSON  

(1583 - 1633)

The English composer and lutenist Robert Johnson was employed in the latter capacity at the court of King James I from 1604 until his death, his last five years under Charles I as composer for the lute and voices. He was particularly concerned with theatre music, collaborating with playwrights including Shakespeare and Ben Jonson, whose songs he set.

Vocal Music

Many of Johnson’s surviving songs were written for the theatre, including songs for Shakespeare’s The Tempest, A Winter’s Tale and Cymbeline.

Lute and Keyboard Music

Only a score or so of Johnson’s lute pieces survive, but they represent an important example of the music of the Jacobean period. Some of his instrumental compositions are for keyboard or other instruments, often in the form of dances.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
Dorian Sampler, Vol. 2 Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90002
Vocal
Early English Organ Music, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.550719
Instrumental
JOHNSON, R.: Lute Music (North) Naxos
8.572178
Instrumental
KIRKBY, Emma: Musique and Sweet Poetrie - Jewels from Europe around 1600 BIS
BIS-SACD-1505
Instrumental, Vocal
Lute Recital: Lindberg, Jakob - DOWLAND, J. / ROBINSON, T. / JOHNSON, R. / BACHELER, D. / HELY, C. (Jacobean Lute Music) BIS
BIS-2055
Instrumental
Medieval Music - BUSNOYS, A. / GESUALDO, C. / MONTEVERDI, C. / GIBBONS, O. / BULL, J. / PRAETORIUS, M. (Angels of Antiquity) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90009
Vocal
MUSIC FOR SHAKESPEARE'S THEATRE Naxos
8.570708
Vocal
MUSIC FOR THREE, FOUR, AND TWENTY LUTES BIS
BIS-CD-341
Instrumental
Renaissance Music - BYRD, W. / WILSON, J. / JOHNSON, R. / DOWLAND, J. / HOLMES, M. / PLAYFORD, J. / RAVENSCROFT, T. (Shakespeare's Music) (Fallis) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90017
Vocal
THEATRE OF EARLY MUSIC: Love Bade Me Welcome - Songs and Poetry from the Renaissance BIS
BIS-CD-1446
Instrumental, Chamber Music
Vocal and Instrumental Music (English) - JONES, R. / DOWLAND, J. / CAMPION, T. (Lie Down, Poor Heart - English Lute Songs and Folk Ballads) (Taylor) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90287
Instrumental
Vocal Recital (Baroque): Kirkby, Emma (The Artistry of Emma Kirkby) BIS
BIS-CD-1734-35
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Baird, Julianne - JOHNSON, R. / MORLEY, T. / LANIER, N. / WILSON, J. / CAMPION, T. (The English Lute Song) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90109
Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal




 
 
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