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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Salve Jesu Mater vera. Anglican church music portal Christian music Portal. Chhoirbook oldest composer named in the manuscript is Dunstablebut the five-part Gaude flore virginali ascribed to him has been lost. Magnificat Brygeman, William William Brygeman 5 missing Fayrfax, Robert Robert Fayrfax.

The composers represented in the manuscript are: Magnificat Cornysh, William William Cornysh 5 missing Views Read View source View history. The college paid for a glorious manuscript to be made, assembling the finest music for teon choir to sing and making a beautiful instrument of worship.

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Arundel College, the most likely provenance of the Lambeth choirbook, was dissolved in th mids; most of the college buildings were demolished, and the choirbook left Arundel. More information on past Genesis Foundation commissions, here. Privacy policy About ChoralWiki Disclaimers. Several composers whose works were included in it had close associations with the college, not least Robert Wylkynson, who served as the college’s informator choristarum from Stabat mater dolorosa Fayrfax, Robert Robert Fayrfax 5 missing Sygar, John John Sygar.

Like the huge, exquisitely copied manuscript that contains them, the pieces are monumental and sumptuous in style, and rarely short-winded: Banester, Gilbert Gilbert Banester. Stabat iuxta Christi crucem. O Maria plena gratiae. The Choirbook was compiled between approximately and for use at Eton College ; its present binding dates from the mid 16th century.


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

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The index tells us that his piece had a range of twenty-one notes, three octaves minus a note, much wider than any etoon Dunstable’s known works or than other music from the first half of the fifteenth century. Other composers as BaldwynJohn Dunstable and Mychelson also appear in the index, but their works were lost.

Quid cantemus innocentes Fayrfax, Robert Robert Fayrfax 5 missing The first three and the last of these wrote settings of ‘Salve regina’. O Maria salvatoris Mater. Publication date and place: Salve regina vas mundicie Fawkner 6 missing The table is sortable, by clicking the icon at chokrbook top of each column.

Astonishingly, this is the only recording currently available of music from coirbook most precious of early Tudor sources, the Eton Choirbook. The Salve ceremony was relatively simple worship to which increasingly sophisticated choirnook was dedicated; as such eotn accommodated both lay and clerical participants, rich and poor, active and passive engagement.

Navigation menu Personal tools Log in Request account. In the third phase, the use of cantus firmus techniques disappear and imitation across the parts becomes more frequent.

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.

They were cut for this purpose from five folios of a choirbook which dated from the late fifteenth century or possibly a little later.


Eton Choirbook

Virgo gaude gloriosa Lambe, Walter Walter Lambe 5 missing Skip to main content. According to the index, it initially contained 93 works. College Library The Eton Choirbook.

O Regina caelestis gloriae II. The manuscript is also a work of consummate artistry, copied by an experienced scribe on large vellum leaves, and illuminated by a professional limner. Points of imitation are frequent, cantus firmus techniques disappear, and in general the sound of the music is more Continental. The Eton choirbook is by far the most important of the few English sources surviving from the first part of our period: Nor is it easy music to perform, especially at the high pitch that the choir adopt.

Full color facsimile on heavy matt art paper, hardbound, with an introduction by Magnus Williamson Newcastle University. 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 choirbbook Tudor polyphony. The volume fell out of use in the s, but survived the Reformation, and has been at Eton ever since. If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here choibrook further information.

The Etno ceremony, familiar to worshippers throughout Catholic Europe, lay at the heart of Eton College’s raison d’etre as a chantry college: In other respects it disappoints: