Anglican Chant and Chanting in England, Scotland, and America, 1660 to 1820

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Clarendon Press, 1996 - Music - 332 pages
This book presents, for the first time, a history of English liturgical chant as performed in the Church of England and its transmission to churches in Scotland and the United States. In the mid-sixteenth century Reformation, the complex ritual of the latin rite was replaced by a one-volume Book of Common Prayer, in English. The general nature of the new rubrics, expecially for music, left many of the details of performance to be worked out in traditional ways. Thus the music evolved from its Latin roots in oral, and later, written practice. The body of music that makes up the chanting practice of Anglican and related churches around the world is indeed diversified. Some texts of the liturgy are harmonized in four or more voive parts, often with organ accompaniment, and others are sung in plainsong. The largest group of chants, those for the psalms and canticles, has an idiosyncratic written form and a performance practice that continues to evolve in oral tradition. This music is commonly known as Anglican chant. Its origins in the seventeenth century and its codification in the eighteenth are explored in the choral establishments of the Church of England and parish churches in England, Scotland, and the United States.

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Contents

The Restoration of Choral Service in Cathedrals and Collegiate
2
Churches and Chapels
23
The Evolution of the Chant Tune
59
Chanting Service and Double Tune
103
Chanting and Choral Service c 1690c 1820
125
Chants and Chanting in Parish Churches 0 17101820
163
Music and Liturgy in the Episcopal Church of Scotland
192
Early Episcopal Music in America
217
Per Retro et Recte
259
Appendices
271
B Parish Music Books with Chants 17181820
279
Episcopal Liturgical Music Printed in America 17831820
286
Selected Entries
298
Bibliography
307
Index
325
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