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EARLY MUSIC

Part 1: The Pembroke Choir Books and other Music Manuscripts from Pembroke College, Cambridge

Six liturgical musical part-books, c1650, and an extremely rare 15th century manuscript of John Dunstable form the core of this original microfilm publication which brings together all the music manuscripts at Pembroke College, Cambridge. This is the first time that these sources have been made available.

The six Choir Books held at Pembroke College, Cambridge are an important source for scholars of Early Music and contain compositions by most of the leading figures, including:  Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons, William Mundy, Thomas Tomkins, John Bull, William Child, Richard Farrant, Nathaniel Giles, Robert Johnson, and Rob Parsons.

William Child is especially well represented (12 works - 5 services, 3 Full and 4 Festal Anthems) and is thought to have been closely connected with the manuscripts.

Even though the John Dunstable source comprises only two bifolia, these are extremely significant as he left behind remarkably few manuscript sources and these have a special authority, as they arise from a native source produced during his lifetime (from a choirbook of c1440).



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