The Oxford History Of English Music: Volume 1: From The Beginnings To C.1715
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The Oxford History of English Music: Volume 1: From the Beginnings to c.1715
Review"On the evidence of this volume...Caldwell has written the definitive work on British music. Indeed it is likely to remain so until well into the next millennium."--The Musical Times"The signal virtue of this book, over and above its scholarship, is that it never forgets that music is made by human beings for human beings....We wait with the liveliest expectancy for the second instalment of this munificent, music-loving book."--Times Literary Supplement"A truly impressive achievement of scholarly synthesis."--ChoiceThis first volume of a magisterial two-volume survey of English music charts its development from its beginnings to about 1715. It looks at the music of early monastic institutions and the development of polyphony, including the extraordinarily advanced mid-thirteenth-century canon, "Sumeris icumen in." It deals with the first Golden Age of English music, namely the mid-fifteenth-century composers represented in the Old Hall Manuscript, such as Dunstable and Power. It looks at the remarkable flowering of sixteenth-century choral music, of which Tallis's 'Spem in Alium' is a splendid example. And it charts the rise of the carol, the madrigal, and the seventeenth-century opera and masque and instrumental music, culminating in the genius of Henry Purcell. A well-balanced, judicious survey, with a unity of style and outlook resulting from its single author, the book makes a discussion of the actual music the focus of each chapter, without excluding social and historical comment.About the AuthorJohn Caldwell is the author of Editing Early Music (OUP, 1985), co-editor of The Well Enchanting Skill: Music, Poetry, and Drama in the Culture of the Renaissance (OUP, 1990), series editor for OUP's Musica de Camera series, editor of John Stanley: Complete Works for Flute and Basso Continuo: Six Concertos (OUP 1974-78 and 1987), and editor of William Boyce: Ten Voluntaries for the Organ or Harpsichord (OUP, 1972)
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