THIS series of articles, which is now recast and revised, appeared in the Musical Times, sporadically, between November 1919 and June 1924, and is published under one cover with the permission of Messrs. Novello & Co., Ltd. The biographies (thirty-two) are based on independent research, carried out under much difficulty, and of these at least twenty were hitherto a blank, proving quite elusive for our musical historians. With the revived interest in Tudor music the sketches of the lives of these men, especially of such giants as Aston, Redford, Ludford, Pasche, Fayrfax, Newark, Ashwell, and Davy, will, I feel sure, prove acceptable to those who would fain know something of the English school that developed naturally with the full-tide glory of the golden age of Taverner, Tallis, Byrd, Tyre, White, Gibbons, and others. In this connexion, the initiative of Sir Henry Hadow, in the magnificent quarto volumes of Tudor Church Music edited by a devoted quartet of enthusiasts with meticulous care and published for the Trustees of the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust by the Oxford University Press, must compel the admiration and gratitude of all lovers of Tudor music.
W. H. GRATTAN FLOOD