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Erik Routley, Eric Routley, Lionel Dakers's A Short History of English Church Music PDF

By Erik Routley, Eric Routley, Lionel Dakers

ISBN-10: 0264674405

ISBN-13: 9780264674407

Starting from the medieval interval to the current day, this can be a short historical past of church song because it has constructed throughout the English culture. defined as "a quickly journey", it offers a extensive old survey instead of an in-depth learn of the topic, and in addition predicts most probably destiny tendencies.

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Under Madan, before that book • See EH 69 ii for a tune from Magdalen Hymns, and 631 and 535 Pt 1 for tests from two different editions of the Foundling Hospital Collection. 46 A Short History of English Church Music obliged him to resign, the Lock, with its captive choir, became almost a nonconformist cathedral foundation in its promotion of singing and of new music. Of all the music in the Lock Hospital Collection (edited by Madan, 1769) only the fine hymn tune Carlisle (EH 190) is now remembered.

Beneath it there is a very considerable underworld of long-forgotten key-tied homophonic single-style music whose only purpose is to get the Evensong Canticles economically sung and fill up a defective service-list. The two outstanding figures are, of course, Battishill and the elder Wesley. Battishill is best known, and rightly, for his sumptuous setting of the text 'O Lord, look down from heaven' (TECM IV p. 9). The whole piece is full of densely-contrived music, but the really remarkable thing about it is its composer's exercise of imagination.

Verse anthems—anthems constructed in several episodes and using solo voices—were even by that date nothing new: there are plenty 30 A Short History of English Church Music of them in the Tudor period. But rhetorical melismatic solos certainly are new, and so is figured bass, which in Italy, where it seems to have been invented around 1600, was called basso continuo. This piece, which is one of the first of such compositions to come from an Englishman, must have sounded outlandish, if indeed it ever received a performance in his lifetime.

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