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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Eton Choirbook – ChoralWiki

The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music. The Etpn preserves a repertoire of English music that would otherwise be almost entirely lost. For press coverage of the Eton Choirbook concert, click here. The final phase represented in the choirbook includes music by William Cornysh and Robert Fayrfaxcomposed around Full color facsimile on heavy matt art paper, hardbound, with an introduction by Magnus Williamson Newcastle University.

Eton Choirbook – Wikipedia

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. Gaude rosa sine spina. Composition Artist Credits Salve regina. This form of dissonance became a distinctive feature of Tudor polyphony. The works of this group are in the same hand as those of the first layer, and were probably copied only shortly after them. He has left us Gaude virgo salutata and Gaude rosa sine spina choirbooo, two very long antiphons, both striking works with some exciting florid display.

The manuscript in turn has become eponymous with its parent institution, Eton College.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Dunstaple, John John Dunstaple. But it is clear from the distinctive character of the Eton style that by the s at the latest given William Horwood ‘s death in English music was developing more or less choirboook isolation from the ‘mainstream’ of activity in France and the Netherlands. O Regina caelestis gloriae II. It houses more dtonprinted and manuscript volumes, literary manuscripts, autograph letters, prints and drawings, which range in date from the 10th to the 21st centuries.


The chapel choir would fhoirbook stood around the book to sing from its music. Its music is the subject of considerable scholarly attention and has been performed and recorded repeatedly over the last years.

But what glorious music it is, and how richly it deserves to be performed more often by those few specialists who can meet its challenges. 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.

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 choirboo, inspired by The Eton Choirbook.

Contents of the Eton Choirbook sorted initially by the order in which they appear in the collection.

It is unique among manuscripts of its period in still being preserved in its original home. 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.

Eton Choirbook (Various)

What was the Choirbook for? Some of the 24 composers are known only because of their inclusion in the Eton Choirbook. Home Admissions Diary News Contact. 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. Nesbet of the same manuscript. Ave cujus conceptio Fayrfax, Robert Robert Fayrfax 5 missing Edward Hygons is thought to possibly be responsible for the existence of this book, as well as the Lambeth Choirbook and the Caius Choirbook.


Choirboook Cornysh, William William Cornysh 5 missing The manuscript is also a work of consummate artistry, choirblok by an experienced scribe on large vellum choitbook, and illuminated by a professional limner.

The Choirbook was on display throughout the evening, a rare occurrence that greatly added to the uniqueness of the occasion. All of the compositions in the book are sacred vocal music in Latin.

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. Why is there a Choirbook at Eton?

Ever since it was first copied for use in the college chapel in the early s, the choirbook has been continuously in the possession of Eton College. Harry Christophers eyon for a tense, assertive choral sound that sometimes borders on roughness, especially etln the pieces for men’s voices alone.

Gaude flore virginali Dunstaple, John John Dunstaple 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 fton the unity of manner which confirms common authorship.

Even in its incomplete state —nearly half of its original leaves have been lost— the Eton Choirbook is the undoubted queen of early Tudor music manuscripts.