Tudor Church Music

Tudor Church Music

Tudor Church Music

Tudor Church Music

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Nearly forty years ago, the generosity of an American benefactor made possible the publication, in England, of a series of ten impressive volumes bearing the same title as this small and necessarily restricted study. Ten more volumes were projected, but never published, and although a number of octavo editions of separate works were issued, Mr. Andrew Carnegie's desire that music should reach the masses was unfortunately not realized, at least as far as Tudor Church Music was concerned.

Not only did the music not reach the masses, but in many cases it did not even reach that select band of scholars and aesthetes whose very lives were bound up with the study and practice of Tudor Church Music. Quite recently there have been several instances of the belated discovery of heavy packages, found to contain complete sets of the ten volumes, in ecclesiastical store-rooms of one kind or another. Thus the dust which scholars had carefully removed from centuries-old manuscripts was, with complete . . .

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