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Motets, Inscriptions and the Praise of Music in Robert Dow’s Tudor Partbooks

22 June 2017

In 1580s Oxford debates concerning the relative merits or vices of music were intensifying. Ex-Oxford student Stephen Gosson had attacked music in his School of Abuse (1579) encouraging...

Creating Harmonious Subjects? Songs for Queen Elizabeth I’s Accession Day

1 July 2016

Queen Elizabeth I (1558–1603) was the first monarch whose Accession Day  on 17 November (the day when Mary I died and she became Queen) became a yearly occasion for celebration....

The Mythical Powers of Music in the Age of the ‘Scientific Revolution’

2 June 2016

Writers about music in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries drew extensively on classical mythology to exemplify its powerful effects and importance to society. With little...

Tudor Partbooks: How You Could Get Involved!

6 December 2015

Are you into early music, Renaissance manuscripts or using Photoshop to improve digital images?  If any of theme applies to you, then you might enjoy getting involved with...