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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The Bodleian Library also has two complete folios from a choirbook of c.

The Eton Choirbook

Magnificat Rton, William William Brygeman 5 missing Eton College Library is a rare book and manuscript library of national and international significance. Abrupt shifts in dynamics are virtually the only interpretative shaping that he admits, and even these can seem contrived. The Choirbook preserves a repertoire of English music that would otherwise be almost entirely lost.

O Regina mundi clara. Hygons, Richard Richard Hygons. The Eton Chlirbook is the only one of the trinity of extant early Tudor choirbooks to remain in its original home. The Eton Choirbook embodies the rituals and practice of Eton College Chapel as a popular pilgrimage site at the height of pre-Reformation piety. Skip to main content.


It houses more thanprinted and manuscript volumes, literary manuscripts, autograph letters, prints and drawings, which range in date from the 10th to the 21st centuries. Gaude flore virginali Dunstaple, John John Dunstaple 5 missing Brygeman, William William Brygeman.

Eton Choirbook – Wikipedia

Stratford composed a four-part Magnificat. In other respects it disappoints: Publication date and place: All of the compositions in the book are sacred vocal music in Latin. 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 polyphony.

Indeed it is noticeable that neither the Eton choirbook nor the minor sources contain Continental music, thus ignoring completely such men as OckeghemObrecht and Josquin. 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. Ave Maria, mater Dei. It originally contained music by 24 different composers; however, many of the pieces are damaged or incomplete.

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Views Read Edit View history. The following inventory choirbool the contents as enumerated by the index, with folio numbers for the works that survive.

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. Mychelson, Robert Robert Mychelson.


Music from the Eton Choirbook

Harry Christophers opts for a tense, assertive choral sound that sometimes borders on roughness, especially in the pieces for men’s voices eon. If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information.

I am also delighted that we are able to draw attention to the importance of the Eton Choirbook and its place in British history. Edward Hygons is thought to possibly be responsible for the existence of this book, as well as the Lambeth Choirbook and the Caius Choirbook. Home Admissions Diary News Contact. Composition Artist Credits Salve regina. Ad te purissima virgo Cornysh, William William Cornysh 5 missing O virgo virginum praeclara Lambe, Walter Walter Lambe 4 missing Davy, Richard Richard Davy.