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English Keyboard Music Before the Nineteenth Century

Caldwell, John

ISBN 10: 063113770X / ISBN 13: 9780631137702
Published by Blackwell, 1973
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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First edition (NAP). Brown binding, gilt titles. Technical study, covering the Middle Ages (The Robertsbridge Codex) through the 18th century (Ladys Entertainment). With numerous musical examples in text. Contains several Appendices listing sources, composers, bibliography, etc. Book very good plus with light top edge soil, sticker mark to ffep, sticker to rear pastedown. DJ also very good with price clipped, curl to top edge of back panel. 328 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 12873

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Title: English Keyboard Music Before the Nineteenth...

Publisher: Blackwell

Publication Date: 1973

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition.

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English composers and instrument-makers played a major role in the evolution of keyboard instruments and the development of keyboard music. In this meticulously researched and erudite study, John Caldwell, a noted musicologist and Lecturer in Music at Oxford, examines the history of English keyboard art, from the introduction of the organ to the West (ca. 756), through the greatest phase of English keyboard music (the "virginalists"), to the final contributions of John Field at the beginning of the nineteenth century.
Beginning with the earliest known keyboard music, the Robertsbridge Codex (ca. 1325), the author traces the spread of the organ and the liturgical factors that influenced medieval organ building and organ music, especially the works of such early liturgical composers as Philip ap Rhys, Thomas Preston, John Redford, and Thomas Tallis. Subsequent chapters deal with sacred and secular music of the sixteenth century and the forms of the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods: plainsong settings and fugal forms, secular variations, and the dance. Throughout, the text is profusely illustrated with musical examples from rare and valuable primary sources: The Mulliner Book, My Ladye Nevells Booke, The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, The Dublin Virginal Book, and others. These document the enormous contributions of John Bull, William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Tomkins, and other early masters.
Additional topics treated here with impeccable scholarship and accuracy are the development of voluntaries and fugues for the organ in the eighteenth century; the influence of Handel; the evolution of suites and lessons for the harpsichord; the effect of historical events — the Civil War, Reformation, and Restoration — on English music; continental influences, and much more. The study concludes with the development of the pianoforte, the eclipse of the harpsichord, and the rise of the pedal organ. Two detailed appendices list the sources of the music and relevant books and articles. In short, this work provides the serious student not only with a concise and scholarly summary of a great musical tradition, but with a wealth of bibliographic and other material for further study.

About the Author:

Caldwell graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara. During a year's cruise, he took out a 99 year lease on Prune Island and made it his home. Building the Palm Island Beach Club resort as his family business.

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