English Choral Practice, 1400-1650

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 30, 2003 - Music - 264 pages
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This is the first book to survey the performing practices in English choral music in the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, including the period of the English Reformation. The essays, all written by specialists in the field, consider in depth such areas as the growth and development of the 'church' choir, related issues of vocal tessitura, performing pitch, the systems of pronunciation appropriate for Latin- and English-texted music, and the day-to-day training of choristers. There is also an investigation of the local circumstances under which many of the important manuscripts of the period were compiled, which reveals an unsuspectedly close interrelationship between domestic music and music for the church. In addition, a study of surviving sources reveals that they give little more than a general guide as to their composers' and copyists' intentions.
 

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To chorus from quartet the performing resource for English church polyphony c 13901559
1
Editing and performing musica speculativa
48
The sound of Latin in England before and after the Reformation
74
English pronunciation c 1500 c 1625
90
Byrd Tallis and Ferrabosco
109
John Baldwin and changing concepts of text underlay
143
Sacred songs in the chamber
161
The education of choristers in England during the sixteenth century
180
The burden of proof the editor as detective
200
Index of names and plates
221
Index of manuscript and printed music sources
229
Index of works cited
233
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