December 5, 2011

Book of the Week: The Eton Choirbook

The Eton Choirbook is one of three large choirbooks, containing Latin liturgical music, to survive the Reformation. It contains richly illuminated scores by 24 different composers dating from 1490-1530. However, most of the scores are incomplete or damaged. Of the 224 scores, 98 are missing. According to Tudor England: An Encyclopedia, "Rich sonorities, lengthy melismatic melodic lines, unexpected melodic and harmonic twists, and extravagant rhythmic complexities characterize the distinctive musical style of Eton Choirbook Compositions...and is a unique monument to the genius of the early Tudor period" (243).

Tudor England: An Encyclopedia

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