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Study Day: Henrician Music in the British Library (Updated)

  • Venue: British Library, London
  • Start: Tue, 12 May 2015 10:30:00 BST
  • End: Tue, 12 May 2015 17:00:00 BST

This day focuses upon the British Library’s Henrician partbooks, manuscript and printed. These include Harley 1709, the earliest source for Thomas Tallis’s music; the sole source for Nicholas Ludford’s Lady Masses, Royal Appendix 45-48, a small but clean (and complete) partbook set which includes a unique pre-Reformation organbook; and the enigmatic Twenty Songes, whose sole surviving partbook carries the date 10 October 1530.  Discussions will focus upon the chronology, relationships between sources, topographical and social contexts, the culture and impact of the metropolis, and key people (including Tallis, Ludford, and John Heywood). A multidisciplinary panel of experts will discuss the sources which will be available for consultation in situ.

Please email by 5 May to register.



10:00-10:30     Rendezvous in BL main foyer; coffee will be served on arrival

10:30-10:40     Introduction

10:40-12:20     Session One: from choirbook to partbookHarley 1709, Thomas Tallis; chronology and contexts. Introduced by David Skinner.

12:20-13:00     Lunch (provided)

13:00-14:40     Session Two: Nicholas Ludford’s Lady Masses: Royal Appendix 45-48; St Stephen’s, Westminster; performance contexts. Introduced by John Harper.

14:40-15:00     Break

15:00-16:45     Session Three: the making of 'Twenty Songes':  Music Collections K.1.e.1 (STC 22924); print culture and printing methods in early-Tudor London. Introduced by John Milsom.

16:45-17:00     Conclusions


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