English Music for the Scottish Progress of 1617

Philip Brett

in William Byrd and His Contemporaries

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247581
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932838 | DOI:
English Music for the Scottish Progress of 1617

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This chapter proposes one instance of the musical vitality of the Chapel Royal. It provides an example of a composer's responding to the demands of a particular occasion with some brilliance by weaving a new and fresh musical tapestry out of diverse threads spun inevitably in the recesses of his own creative imagination. The chapter explains that the Chapel Royal helped most to preserve and foster an indigenous musical idiom which endured in spite of the influx of French airs and dances, Italian madrigals and motets, and so on, and shaped the musical thinking of each successive generation.

Keywords: Chapel Royal; English music; composer; musical idiom; French airs; Italian madrigals; motets

Chapter.  6692 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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