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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On the other hand, there is often a rather distant relationship between words and music. The composers represented in the manuscript are: Hampton, John John Hampton.

Ave Maria Mater Dei.

Eton Choirbook

Teaching Vacancies Support Staff Vacancies. Magnificat Cornysh, William William Cornysh 5 missing UK and Chhoirbook customers should direct their inquiries to the publisher. Stylistically, the music contained in the Eton Choirbook shows three phases in the development of early Renaissance polyphony in England.

Gaude flore virginali I. The Eton Choirbook is a magnificent artefact, two feet tall and over three feet from side to side, it is one of the three collections of Chourbook liturgical music with the Lambeth Choirbook and the Caius Choirbook to survive the systematic destruction of Catholic religious imagery during the Reformation. Dunstaple, John John Dunstaple. 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.

Some of the 24 composers are hcoirbook only because of their inclusion in the Eton Choirbook. In the s the Eton manuscript cannot but have represented the summit of English musical endeavor; yet it cannot on the other hand have been quite the isolated achievement which it now appears to be.

Publication date and place: Nesbett, John John Nesbett. Brygeman, William William Brygeman. 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. This choirbook appears to have been compiled in two separate stages, the majority of the works being inscribed around with some later additions possibly from The only remaining composer with more than one complete work surviving in Eton is Wton, of whose life we know nothing.


The Eton Choirbook embodies the rituals and practice of Eton College Chapel as a popular pilgrimage site at the height of pre-Reformation piety. Why is there a Choirbook at Eton? 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.

Sturton, presumably the composer of the sixpart Ave Maria ancilla Trinitatis in the Lambeth choirbookwrote the Gaude virgo mater Christi whose six voices cover a fifteen-note range. Stabat mater dolorosa Fayrfax, Robert Robert Fayrfax 5 missing Views Read View source View history.

O Domine caeli terraeque. An index at the beginning includes five more antiphons two of which have survived fragmentarilytwenty-four Magnificats four of them complete, four imperfectly preservedand Davy’s Passion seriously incomplete. Its music is the subject of considerable scholarly attention and has been performed and recorded repeatedly over the last years. 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.

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. O virgo virginum praeclara Lambe, Walter Walter Lambe 4 missing chkirbook 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 normally the unity of manner which confirms common authorship.

Twenty-five composers’ names appear in the Eton choirbook. It is the first music manuscript to be inscribed.

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The chorbook is sortable, by clicking the icon at the top of each column. The Eton Choirbook, one of only three such books along with the Lambeth Choirbook and the Caius Choirbook to survive from pre-Reformation England, is a large manuscript collection of Marian antiphons, Magnificat settings and other motets assembled for, and still held at, Eton College. Points of imitation are frequent, cantus firmus techniques disappear, and in general the sound of the music is more Continental.


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Gaude rosa sine spina. 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. Baldwin, John John Baldwin. Nesbet of the same manuscript. Astonishingly, this is the only recording currently available of music from that most precious of early Tudor sources, the Eton Choirbook.

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The Eton Choirbook

Stephen’s is the crypt of its chapel, tricked out in Pugin gothick. 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. Views Read Edit View history. Still kept at Eton College Library, it contains a repertory which is almost unique, as it is the earliest and most complete Tudor choirbook to have survived to the present. 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.

O Regina caelestis gloriae II. Navigation menu Personal tools Log in Request account. The Choirbook was compiled between approximately and for use at Eton College ; its present binding dates from the mid 16th century.

It captures a sound-world of late medieval England which would otherwise have been lost to silence.