Copied out between and , the Eton Choirbook is the most substantial extant source of English liturgical polyphony from the late 15th and very early 16th centuries. What we contemplate in these buildings we may hear mirrored by the music of the Eton Choirbook. From the s onwards attempts were made to perform and record pieces from the Eton Choirbook but they were hampered both by the technical demands of the music — often as thrilling as it is rhythmically complex and metrically unstable — and by its relative unfamiliarity to English cathedral choirs. Only in was a successful attempt madeby Argo to record a selection on two albums, which are united here. The performers constituted an astute combination of an all-male choral foundation from St Margaret Street in London with the professional ensemble of the Purcell Consort of Voices, directed by their founder Grayston Burgess, who died in
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Jump to navigation Jump to search The Eton Choirbook, one of only three such books along with the Lambeth Choirbook and the Caius Choirbook to survive from pre-Reformation England, is a large manuscript collection of Marian antiphons, Magnificat settings and other motets assembled for, and still held at, Eton College.
Edward Hygons is thought to possibly be responsible for the existence of this book, as well as the Lambeth Choirbook and the Caius Choirbook. This choirbook appears to have been compiled in two separate stages, the majority of the works being inscribed around with some later additions possibly from It originally contained 93 works, 29 of which have been completely lost and another 21 of which are incomplete, although a few of these are also found in other sources.
A list of the original contents appears in two substantially identical indexes. Publication date and place: in Eton, England — Manuscript. Contents Contents of the Eton Choirbook sorted initially by the order in which they appear in the collection. The table is sortable, by clicking the icon at the top of each column.
Titles which are complete in the Eton Choirbook or other sources are shown below as hyperlinks, blue for works available and red for those not yet available at ChoralWiki.
The Eton Choirbook