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Robert Morton (1430 - 1479)

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Robert Morton
Born in Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 23 Jul 2018
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Categories: English Classical Renaissance Composers.


Robert was born around 1430 in England, but no details of his early life are known, and little can be reconstructed with certainty except for his involvement with the Burgundian court. From 1457 until 1476 he was a clerc or chappellain in the chapel choir. By 1460 he was a priest, since he was given that title Messire in chapel document. He passed away in 1479. His work was highly regarded at the time, but only secular vocal music, all Rondeaux for three voices, survive.[1][2][3]


Most of Morton's music survives in sources from the Continent, Eight pieces survive, all rondeaux. [4]

  • ''Il sera pour vous conbatu/L'homme armé which was used by many early Renaissance composers as a cantus firmus for the Mass.
  • Le souvenir de vous me tue was exceedingly famous, and copies of this piece were widely disseminated in Europe.
  • Cousine trop vous abusés
  • Mon bien ma joyeux
  • N'aray je jamais mieulx que j'ay
  • Paracheve ton entreprise
  • Plus j'ay le monde
  • Que pourroit plus faire une dame


  1. David Fallows, "Robert Morton", The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, ed. Stanley Sadie. 20 vol. London, Macmillan Publishers Ltd., 1980. ISBN 1-56159-174-2
  2. David Fallows, "Robert Morton", Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy (Accessed September 11, 2005), (subscription access)
  3. Gustave Reese, Music in the Renaissance. New York, W.W. Norton & Co., 1954. ISBN 0-393-09530-4
  4. Free scores by Robert Morton (composer) at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)

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