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WILLIAM MARSHALL, Mus. Doc.
ORGANIST OF CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL,
ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE, OXFORD.
PRINTED BY T. COMBE, PRINTER TO THE UNIVERSITY: SOLD BY
JOHN HENRY PARKER;
AND J. G. AND F. RIVINGTON, LONDON.
THE object of the present publication is to furnish the lovers of choral service with a cheap and portable volume of the Anthems performed in our cathedral and collegiate churches. To avoid, therefore, unnecessary bulk and expense, whatever may be easily found on turning to the Book of Common Prayer, as, for instance, the Collects, and the metrical versions of the Psalms, is omitted. for this reason also, the same words are never repeated, although set to music by different persons; but the names of the composers are subjoined to each Anthem, as nearly as possible in chronological order. And an account of the situations which those composers filled, together with the dates of their deaths, so far as can be ascertained, is prefixed to the work.
At the end is given an alphabetical Table of first lines, with the number of each Anthem, and the name of the composer: by consulting this Index, any required Anthem may be immediately found.
After all, the Editor fears that the work is not what it was to be a complete collection of the Anthems performed in the churches of England and Wales; but he is not the less bound to offer his respectful thanks to those who have aided him with their advice and encouragement in the undertaking: and he believes that, by the kind assistance of the several choirs, the work is far more perfect than any of the sort that has ever yet been attempted.
ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHORS
COMPOSITIONS ARE CONTAINED IN THIS COLLECTION.
CHRISTOPHER TYE, Mus. Doc., Organist of the Chapel Royal, died 1545.
KING HENRY VIII., died 1547.
THOMAS TALLIS, Organist to King Henry VIII., Edward VI., Queen Mary, and Queen Elizabeth, died 1585.
RICHARD FARRANT, Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, and Organist of Windsor, died 1585.
GIOVANNI PALESTRINA, Chapel Master of St. Peter's, Rome, died 1594.
LUCA MARENZIO, died at Rome, 1599.
RICHARD ALLISON, a teacher of music in London, about the year 1600.
JOHN HOLMES, Organist of Salisbury Cathedral, at the beginning of the seventeenth century.
THOMAS MORLEY, Mus. Bac., Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, died 1604.
EDMUND HOOPER, Organist of Westminster Abbey, and Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, died 1621.
WILLIAM BIRD, Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, and Organist of Lincoln Cathedral, died 1623.