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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O Regina mundi clara. Gaude virgo mater Christi. Spirituality Religious Provision Assemblies Chapel. 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. Teaching Vacancies Support Staff Vacancies. Choirobok Artist Credits Salve regina. To watch the live-streamed video, click here.

Music from the Eton Choirbook

The manuscript in turn has become eponymous with its parent institution, Eton College. College Library The Eton Choirbook. Ave cujus conceptio Fayrfax, Robert Robert Fayrfax 5 missing An index at the end lists sixty-one antiphons, and this undoubtedly marks completion of the manuscript’s first layer.

Had it perished, along with so many other less fortunate choirboom music manuscripts, our knowledge of a critical moment in the history of English music would have been immensely diminished. The manuscript is also a work of consummate artistry, copied by an experienced scribe on large vellum leaves, etonn illuminated by a professional limner.

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.

Although there are serious losses from the manuscript, the remains are sufficient to give a good picture of the large-scale votive antiphon dton the alternatim Magnificat in the last twenty or thirty years of the fifteenth century. The leaves contain fragments of the Gloria and Credo of a six-part Mass which seems to be based on the ‘Veni creator’ melody or the identical ‘Salvator mundi’ transposed down a second.


The Eton Choirbook

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved from ” https: Like the huge, exquisitely copied manuscript that contains them, the pieces are monumental and sumptuous in style, and rarely short-winded: The Eton Choirbook embodies the rituals and practice of Eton College Chapel as a popular pilgrimage site at the height of pre-Reformation piety. Through its survival — at the site for which it chiirbook made — the Choirbook gives us access to a form of worship and a musical tradition that was violently disrupted and almost obliterated by the Reformation.

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.

Turges, Edmund Edmund Turges. Web page content is available under the CPDL copyright license ; please see individual editions for their copyright terms. Fayrfax, Robert Robert Fayrfax. However, part of its content was lost and only 64 works have survived, a few of them incomplete. Astonishingly, this is the only recording currently available of music from that most precious of early Tudor sources, the Eton Choirbook.

The latest pieces of foreign church music which have been traced in England are the fragments from Dufay ‘s Missa Caput of c. The volume fell out of use in the s, but survived the Reformation, and has been at Eton ever since.

Eton Choirbook – Wikipedia

But how dearly this awesome music demands something even better. Our longstanding relationship with both the Genesis Foundation and James MacMillan is one we treasure and I am so looking forward to performing four Genesis Foundation commissions which are inspired by The Eton Choirbook. 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.

Quid cantemus innocentes Fayrfax, Robert Robert Fayrfax 5 missing The first three and the last of these wrote settings of ‘Salve regina’. The cchoirbook is also a work of consummate artistry, copied by an experienced scribe on large vellum leaves, and illuminated by a professional limner.


The choirook and early history of the magnificent Eton style are obscure, because of the paucity of late fifteenth-century sources and the lack of precise chronological data about individual works or composers’ lives and movements.

But it is clear from the distinctive character etob the Eton style that by the s at the latest given William Horwood ‘s death in English music was developing more or less in isolation from the ‘mainstream’ of activity in France and the Netherlands.

Titles which are complete in the Eton Choirbook or other sources are shown below as hyperlinks, blue for works available and red for those not yet available at ChoralWiki. About one third are now missing or seriously incomplete.

The works of this group are in the same hand as those of the first layer, and were probably copied only shortly after them. The oldest composer named in the manuscript is Dunstablebut the five-part Gaude flore virginali ascribed to him has been lost. Had it perished, along with so many other less fortunate pre-Reformation music manuscripts, our knowledge of a critical moment in the efon of English music would have been immensely diminished.

The Eton Choirbook is the only one of the trinity of extant early Tudor choirbooks to remain in its original home. 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. Its music is the subject of considerable scholarly attention and has been performed and recorded repeatedly over the last years.