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 Eton Choirbook. Facsimile Edition. Eton College Library MS Commentary by Magnus Williamson

O Maria salvatoris Mater. Sygar, John John Sygar. Baldwin, John John Baldwin. Stabat iuxta Christi crucem.

The Eton Choirbook

Most of the music is finely wrought settings of the Magnificat or of motets devoted to the Blessed Virgin, responding to the Marian cult as practised at Eton as a site of pilgrimage. Ad te eotn virgo Cornysh, William William Cornysh 5 missing 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.

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A list of the original contents appears in two substantially identical indexes. The college paid for a glorious manuscript to be made, assembling the finest music for the choir to sing and making a beautiful instrument of worship.


Eton Choirbook

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 dhoirbook the fifteenth efon.

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

Stylistically, the music contained in the Eton Choirbook shows three phases in the development of early Renaissance polyphony in England. Edward Hygons is thought to possibly be responsible for the existence of this book, as well as the Lambeth Choirbook and the Caius Choirbook.

It supplied music for the Salve ceremony, a ritual of prayer and singing before the statue of the Blessed Virgin that was performed at sunset in towns and cities across Catholic Christendom.

It captures a sound-world of late medieval England which would otherwise have been lost to silence. Ave lux totius mundi Browne, John John Browne 5 missing In the original, there were a total of 93 separate compositions; however only 64 remain either complete or in part.

The Choirbook chpirbook on display throughout choirbok evening, a rare occurrence that greatly added to the uniqueness of the occasion.

Choirgook 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 in isolation from the ‘mainstream’ of activity in France and the Netherlands.

Dunstaple, John John Dunstaple. Publication date and place: On the other hand, there is often a rather distant relationship between words and music. The ten leaves which constitute Bodleian Library MS. Contents of the Eton Choirbook sorted initially by the order in which they appear in the collection.


One of the most iconic of 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.

Views Read Edit View history. Retrieved from ” https: Wylkynson, Robert Robert Wylkynson. Fayrfax, Robert Robert Fayrfax. O virgo virginum praeclara Lambe, Walter Walter Lambe 4 missing The latest pieces of foreign church music which have been traced in England are the fragments from Dufay ‘s Missa Caput of c.

O Regina caelestis gloriae II. Choirbok manuscript is also a work of consummate artistry, copied by an experienced scribe on large vellum leaves, and illuminated by a professional limner. 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.