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Riassunto: Here, one year after the first English Book of Common Prayer was published in 1549, is the marvelous arrival of music in the Anglican Reformation service. The Booke of Common Praier Noted—a curious phrase for the title, suggests church liturgy with an added crop of academic footnotes. Nothing of the kind, of course: "noted" means "set to music." Apart from its pioneering position and rarity, The Booke of Common Praier Noted is a work of the greatest charm. The slender quarto volume was printed by Richard Grafton in London; the composer’s name, John Merbecke, appears at the end in large gothic letters. It was designed for use in parish cathedrals, and Grafton’s music printing style was perfectly appropriate, if not a art form itself.
The purpose of the Book of Common Prayer was simplicity, ease of use, and comprehension, and soon after 1549 music followed and was probably in preparation concurrently, as the new, friendly, understandable liturgy must have seemed a dull affair with no singing. In the style of old plainsong, The Booke of Common Praier Noted was written so that each chanted syllable had its own note and was thus easily understood. The musical setting was entrusted to the Master of the Choristers of the Royal Chapel at Windsor, John Merbecke, who, apart from The Booke of Common Praier Noted, wrote a five-part mass and several Latin motets. He lived until about 1585, "singing merrily and playing on the organs."
Commentary by Colin Franklin, essay on music printing.
From the Publisher: Imaged from the collection of the Bridwell Library
Condizione libro: Used
Descrizione libro London: Richard Grafton (Oakland: Octavo) 1550; 1998, 1550. No Binding. Condizione libro: New. 1st Edition. Digital facsimile (in PDF format on CD-ROM) of the 1550 edition of the first published musical setting of the Anglican Reformation service. This Octavo Edition contains detailed digital images (may be magnified at up to 800% of original size) as well as a new introduction by Colin Franklin, an essay on Music Printing by D. W. Krummel, and bibliographical information. This high-resolution version presents this work in the most accurate reproduction ever; this copy is a sammelband, also containing "Articles whereupon it was agreed by the Archbyshops and Byshops of both Prouinces and the whole Cleargie, in the Conuocation Holden at London in the Yeere of our Lorde God 1562" (London: Christopher Barker, 1579) and "A Booke of Certaine Canon Concernyng some Parte of the Discipline of the Church of England" (London: John Daye, 1571). "I found an Evensong chant that praised God's ultimate justice in the world. My daily troubles suddenly seemed more modest as I thought about the English farmers, miners, laborers and their families who found daily comfort in such acknowledgements of divine goodness."--Detroit Free Press. Codice libro della libreria 8VMEBC01