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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Stabat virgo Mater Choirobok II. This page was last edited on 30 Decemberat Kellyk, Hugh Hugh Kellyk. The Choirbook is presented in full colour facsimile on heavy matt art paper, hard bound, with an introduction by Magnus Williamson Newcastle University and published by the Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music University choirvook Oxford. 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.

But how dearly this awesome music demands something even better. On the other hand, there is often etonn rather distant relationship between words and music. Sturton, presumably cjoirbook composer of the sixpart Ave Maria ancilla Trinitatis in the Lambeth choirbookwrote the Gaude virgo mater Christi whose six voices cover a fifteen-note range. The final phase represented in the choirbook includes music by William Cornysh and Robert Fayrfaxcomposed around Music from the Eton Choirbook Salve regina.

O Domine caeli terraeque. Wylkynson, Robert Robert Wylkynson. O Maria et Elizabeth.

Astonishingly, this is the only recording currently available of music from that most precious of early Tudor sources, the Eton Choirbook. It is accordingly possible if not probable that the ascription is wrong although the ascriptions in general chojrbook to be accurate, for where several fhoirbook are attributed to the same composer there is normally the unity of manner which confirms common authorship.


The works of this group are in the same hand as those of the first layer, and were probably copied only shortly after them. It is the first choirbool manuscript to be inscribed. UK and European customers should direct their inquiries to the publisher. The manuscript is also a work of consummate artistry, copied by an experienced scribe on large vellum leaves, and illuminated by a professional limner.

Baldwin, John John Baldwin. He has left us Gaude virgo salutata and Gaude rosa sine spinatwo very long antiphons, both striking works with some exciting florid display.

Music from the Eton Choirbook

The most outstanding traits of the Eton music are a richness and brilliance of sonority not choirrbook in earlier music or as a rule in contemporary Continental work and outstanding rhythmic vitality and melodic variety.

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It captures a sound-world of late medieval England which would otherwise have been lost to silence. Had it perished, along with so many other less fortunate pre-Reformation music manuscripts, our knowledge of a critical moment in the history of English music would have been immensely diminished. Contents Contents of the Eton Choirbook sorted initially by the order in which they appear in the collection.

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Eton Choirbook (Various) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

Folio Title Composer Parts Notes 1. But what glorious music it is, and how richly it deserves to be performed more often by those few specialists who can meet its challenges. The fragment contains the ending of Fayrfax ‘s Magnificat Regali and the beginning of another unidentified Magnificat.

I am also delighted that we are able to draw attention to the importance of the Eton Choirbook and its place in British history. Most of the music of this early phase is polyphonic but non-imitativewith contrast achieved by alternation of full five-voice texture with sections sung by fewer voices. Although there are serious losses from the manuscript, the remains are sufficient to give a good picture of egon large-scale votive antiphon and the alternatim Magnificat in the last twenty or thirty years of the fifteenth century.


For Parents of New Boys. If you are a library, cholrbook or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone eon click here for further information. This form of dissonance became a distinctive feature of Tudor polyphony. Views Read View source View history. The Salve ceremony was relatively simple worship to which increasingly sophisticated music was dedicated; as such it accommodated both lay and clerical participants, rich and poor, active and passive engagement.

Without them we should know nothing of the coirbook of that truly great composer John Brownehave no complete composition by Richard Davy choirvook, and only two pieces by Walter Lambe.

Like the huge, exquisitely copied manuscript that contains them, the pieces are monumental and sumptuous in style, and rarely short-winded: Most of its original contents 67 out of a total of 93 pieces were votive antiphons, or devotional motets of prayer and praise, sung each evening to the Virgin Mary, the college’s dedicatee.

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Banester, Gilbert Gilbert Banester. Stratford composed a four-part Magnificat. In certain respects this Meridian reissue is welcome and generous: Gaude flore virginali Dunstaple, John John Dunstaple 5 missing