Nov 26, The Eton Choirbook, one of only three such books (along with the Lambeth Choirbook and the Caius Choirbook to survive from. The Eton choirbook (Eton College MS. ), the leading source of late fifteenth- century English music, is a splendid production with fine illuminated initial letters . The Eton Choirbook and its Legacy of Sacred Music. In May , the Genesis Foundation continued its commission and mentoring programme featuring a.

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An index at the beginning includes five more antiphons two of which have survived fragmentarilytwenty-four Magnificats four of them complete, four imperfectly preservedand Davy’s Passion seriously incomplete. Even in its in-complete state nearly half of its original leaves have been lostthe Eton Choirbook is the undoubted queen of early Tudor music manuscripts.

It originally contained 93 works, 29 of which have been completely lost and another 21 of which are incomplete, although a few of these are also found in other sources.

O Regina caelestis gloriae II. Other composers as BaldwynJohn Dunstable and Mychelson also appear in the index, but their works were lost. Admittedly the policy of letting the music speak largely for itself has some justification, yet so much more remains to be eked out of pieces of the majesty of John Browne’s Stabat mater and Robert Wilkinson’s breathtaking nine-part Salve regina.

The oldest composer named in the manuscript is Dunstablebut the five-part Gaude flore virginali ascribed to him has been lost. About one third are now missing or seriously incomplete.

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The manuscript in turn has become eponymous with its parent institution, Eton College. The Choirbook was compiled between approximately and for use at Eton Choirboik ; its present binding dates from the mid 16th century.

Eton College Library is a rare book and manuscript library of national and international significance. The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music. Fayrfax, Robert Choibook Fayrfax. The Eton Choirbook, one of only three such books along with the Lambeth Choirbook and the Caius Choirbook to survive from pre-Reformation England, is a large manuscript collection of Marian antiphons, Magnificat settings and other motets assembled for, and still held at, Eton College.

Arundel College, the most likely provenance of the Lambeth choirbook, was dissolved in th mids; most of the college buildings were demolished, and the choirbook left Arundel. Browne, John John Browne. There is one over-riding reason for this: Nesbett, John John Nesbett. This new Eton Choirbook project, where we have all engaged with the deep musical past to inform our musical present, has been fulfilling and enjoyable. Stratford composed a four-part Magnificat.

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The second phase, which includes music by John BrowneRichard Davy and Walter Lambeuses imitation, cantus firmus techniques, and frequent cross-relations a feature which was to become a distinctive sound in early Tudor chorbook. The ten leaves which constitute Bodleian Library MS.

It is accordingly possible if not probable that the ascription is wrong although the ascriptions in general seem to be accurate, for where several works are attributed to the same composer there is normally the unity of manner which confirms common authorship. The Eton choirbook is by far the most important of the few English sources surviving from the first part of our period: Folio Title Composer Parts Notes 1.

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Without them we should know nothing of the work of that truly great composer John Brownehave no complete composition by Richard Davyand only two pieces by Walter Lambe. Why is there a Choirbook at Eton? Horwud, William William Horwud. Gaude virgo Mater Christi. Mychelson, Robert Robert Mychelson.

The index tells us that his piece had a range of twenty-one notes, three octaves choirbkok a note, much wider than any of Dunstable’s known works or than other music from the first half of the fifteenth century. O Maria plena gratiae. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Whether you want to choidbook what we think of today’s latest releases or discover what our critics thought of your favourite recordings from the past, you will find it all in our full-searchable Reviews Database. Gaude flore virginali Wylkynson, Robert Robert Wylkynson 6 missing Still kept at Eton College Library, it contains a repertory which is almost unique, as it is the earliest and most complete Tudor choirbook to have survived to the present.

It supplied music for the Salve ceremony, a ritual of prayer and singing before the statue of the Blessed Virgin that was performed at sunset in towns and cities across Catholic Christendom. The Bodleian Library also has two complete folios from a choirbook of c. Kellyk, Hugh Hugh Kellyk. Lambe, Walter Walter Lambe. The leaves contain fragments of the Gloria and Credo of a six-part Mass which seems to be based on the ‘Veni creator’ chooirbook or the identical ‘Salvator mundi’ transposed down a second.

Ave lux totius mundi Browne, John John Browne 5 missing The latest pieces of foreign church music which have been traced in England are the fragments from Dufay ‘s Missa Caput of c.

The Choirbook preserves a repertoire of English music that would otherwise be almost entirely lost.

In the s the Eton manuscript cannot but have represented the summit of English musical endeavor; yet it cannot on the other hand have been quite the isolated achievement which it now appears to be. Stylistically, the music contained in the Eton Choirbook shows three phases in the development of early Renaissance polyphony in England. This choirbook appears to have been compiled in two separate stages, the majority of the works being inscribed around with some later additions possibly from Gaude virgo mater Christi.