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Early English Organs and early Anglican liturgical polyphony: some considerations of performance practice

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Magnus Williamson


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Evidence on pitch from the Early English Organ Project, interpreted in conjunction with the chronology of the earliest Elizabethan church music, disproves any fundamental change of pitch-standard between pre-and post-Reformation performing practices in England. This in turn militates against commonly received notions of vocal production which are based upon the premiss that Elizabethan vocal scoring represented a deciswive break from earlier practice.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Williamson M

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Royal College of Organists Yearbook 2004-2005

Year: 2005

Pages: 46-53

Publisher: Royal College of Organists

Place Published: London, UK