A Short History of English Church Music by Erik Routley, Eric Routley, Lionel Dakers

By Erik Routley, Eric Routley, Lionel Dakers

Starting from the medieval interval to the current day, this can be a short historical past of church tune because it has constructed during the English culture. defined as "a speedy journey", it presents a large ancient survey instead of an in-depth research of the topic, and in addition predicts most probably destiny developments.

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46), 'Terra Tremuit' (Byrd) or 'When David heard' (Tomkins), not to mention the verse anthems and service settings of the period, the message comes through loud and clear that music cannot be arrested in its development by authority, though often it can be assisted. Authority, even in the rather negative form of calvinist intellectualism, demanded clarity and intelligibility. In any of the simple anthems of this period this is what it got. Authority could not arrest an artist's desire to interpret and illuminate; indeed, authority insisted on precisely that from its preachers and lecturers.

Take the ages of those in 1661, and you see a procession of youngsters who became significant composers, being all brought up in the new tradition, and no doubt catching the infection from Humfrey, who was sent to study in France from his seventeenth to his twentieth year. In the three examples in TECM III (Humfrey, p. 36, Wise, p. 49, Blow, p. 58) one sees the dramatic possibilities of the new style, and reading or hearing these pieces, which employ full choir, soloists, strings and continuo, one can readily imagine the impact they made, and the surprise they caused.

The music of these composers is a country in which it would be delightful to linger. Here we must be content to mention Morley and Gibbons as perhaps the most distinguished composers apart from Byrd. Morley is plausibly regarded as the inventor of the Verse Anthem—a musical form which provides a direct link between the Tudor style and that of the Restoration; as we shall 24 A Short History of English Church Music see in a moment, they have precious little else in common. His best-known anthem, 'Out of the Deep' (TECM II p.

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