The English Chorister A History

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  • Copyright: 2008-01-06
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Boy choristers have sung the daily liturgy in English cathedrals and collegiate churches for fourteen hundred years. They are treasured as a unique part of our religious and cultural heritage, unmatched anywhere else in the world. Yet their history, in cathedrals and monasteries, in royal and collegiate chapels, from the middle ages, through the upheavals of the Reformation, in Georgian neglect and Victorian revival, to their CD-celebrated triumphs of today and the introduction of girls, has never before been told. The English Chorister, with its vivid, sometimes bizarre, sometimes hilarious detail, should interest musicologists, church historians and a wide general readership. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Alan Mould is ex-Headmaster of St John's College choir school, Cambridge. His other publications include Choirs and Spaces Where They Cling (1982)

Table of Contents

Illustrations and Tablesp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xiv
Introductionp. xv
Beginningsp. 1
Anglo-Saxon Choir Childrenp. 11
Choristers of the High Middle Agesp. 23
The Great Floweringp. 37
At Work and Playp. 53
Turmoilp. 75
From Elizabeth I to Cromwellp. 93
Chorister Actorsp. 113
Restorationp. 127
Georgian Nadirp. 145
The Seeds of Reformp. 167
The Fruits of Reformp. 189
The Twentieth-Century Framework: Foundations, Liturgy, Musicp. 215
The Twentieth-Century Choir Schoolp. 229
Threats and Supportp. 247
Choristershipp. 259
Appendix 1p. 275
Appendix 2p. 277
Endotesp. 279
Bibliographyp. 331
Indexp. 349
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