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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Views Read View source View history. Points of imitation are frequent, cantus firmus techniques disappear, and in general the sound of the music is more Continental. Stylistically, the music contained in the Eton Choirbook shows three phases in the development of early Renaissance polyphony in England. According to the index, it initially contained 93 works.

Its music is the subject of considerable scholarly attention and has been performed and recorded repeatedly over the last years. I am also delighted that we are able to draw attention to the importance of the Eton Choirbook and its place in British history.

The ten leaves which constitute Bodleian Library MS. Eton College had originally been a chantry, an almshouse and a school, and it was the college’s educational purpose which saved it from dissolution in the s. Ornamental roulades, lines that swoop and soar, vast melismas that stretch single syllables into choral vocalizesthese and other obstacles place the Eton music far beyond the ability of most choirs. Navigation menu Personal tools Log in Request account.

However, part of its content was lost and only 64 works have survived, a few of them incomplete.

Stratford composed a four-part Magnificat. Although there are serious losses from the manuscript, the remains are sufficient to give a good picture of the large-scale votive antiphon and the alternatim Magnificat in the last twenty or choirbkok years of the fifteenth century.

It was one of very few collections of Latin liturgical music to survive the Reformationand hence is an important source.

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Gaude flore virginali Browne, John John Browne 5 missing 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.

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It houses more thanprinted and manuscript volumes, literary manuscripts, autograph letters, prints and drawings, which range in date from the 10th to cgoirbook 21st centuries. Ad te purissima virgo Cornysh, William William Cornysh 5 missing Wylkynson, Robert Robert Wylkynson. The Choirbook was on display throughout the evening, a rare occurrence that greatly added to the uniqueness of the occasion. The Eton Choirbook embodies the rituals and practice of Eton College Chapel as a popular pilgrimage site cjoirbook the height of pre-Reformation piety.

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HOASM: The Eton Choirbook

This page was last edited on 30 Decemberat The works of this group are in the same hand as those of the first layer, and were probably copied only shortly after them. Dunstaple, John John Dunstaple. Stabat virgo Chlirbook Christi II. Composition Artist Credits Salve regina.

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Ave Maria Mater Dei. 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. One of the most iconic music manuscripts, the Eton Choirbook is of unique importance, both in its own right as a cultural artefact and as a source of English choral polyphony composed during the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries.

Gaude flore virginali Wylkynson, Robert Robert Wylkynson 6 missing 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. The table is sortable, by clicking the icon at the top of each column.


The index tells us that his piece had a range of twenty-one notes, three octaves minus a note, much wider than any of Dunstable’s known works or than other music from the first half of the fifteenth century. Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before.

Folio Title Composer Parts Notes 1. The fragment contains the ending of Fayrfax ‘s Magnificat Regali and the beginning of another unidentified Magnificat. Like the huge, exquisitely copied choirbokk that contains them, the pieces are monumental and sumptuous in style, and rarely short-winded: The Eton Chkirbook The Edition: O Maria et Elizabeth. Welcome from the Development Team.

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. College Library The Eton Choirbook. A major part of this is being able to talk with, and mentor, some younger composers on their journey into sacred choral music.

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Music from the Eton Choirbook

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 Turges, Edmund Edmund Turges. Retrieved from ” https: The final phase represented in the choirbook includes music by William Cornysh and Robert Fayrfaxcomposed around Whether you want to see 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.

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Sutton, John John Sutton. Other medieval colleges were less fortunate. About one third are now missing or seriously incomplete.