Practical Remarks on the Reformation of Cathedral Music, Volume 12

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Francis & John Rivington, 1849 - Church music - 64 pages

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Page 2 - On the other side, these faults prevented, the force and efficacy of the thing itself, when it drowneth not utterly, but fitly suiteth with matter altogether sounding to the praise of God, is in truth most admirable, and doth much edify, if not the understanding, because it teacheth not, yet surely the affection, because therein it worketh much. They . must have hearts very dry and tough, from whom the melody of Psalms doth not sometime draw that wherein a mind religiously affected delighteth.
Page 10 - I trust it will much excitate and stir the hearts of all men unto devotion and godliness : but in mine opinion, the song that shall be made thereunto would not be full of notes, but as near as may be, for every syllable a note ; so that it may be sung distinctly and devoutly...
Page 9 - Being therefore resolved to have continually from henceforth general processions in all cities, towns, churches, and parishes of this our realm, said and sung with such reverence and devotion as appertaineth...
Page 11 - And that there be a modest and distinct song so used in all parts of the common prayers in the church, that the same may be as plainly understood, as if it were read without singing...
Page 33 - ... the Book of Common Prayer, and administration of the Sacraments and other rites and ceremonies of the Church according to the use of the Church of England, together with the Psalter, or Psalms of David, pointed as they are to be sung or said in churches, and the form or manner of making, ordaining, and consecrating of bishops priests, and deacons.
Page 33 - He that readeth so standing and turning himself, as he may best be heard of all such as are present.
Page 2 - In church music, curiosity or ostentation of art, wanton, or light, or unsuitable harmony, such as only pleaseth the ear, and doth not naturally serve to the very kind and degree of those impressions which the matter that gocth with it leaveth, or is apt to leave, in men's minds, doth rather blemish and disgrace that we do, than add either beauty or furtherance unto it.
Page 43 - His majesty, who was a brisk and airy prince, coming to the crown in the flower and vigour of his age, was soon, if I may so say, tired with the grave and solemn way which had been established by Tallis, Bird, and others, ordered the composers of his chapel to add symphonies, &c. with instruments to their anthems; and thereupon established a select number of his private Music to play the symphony and ritornellos which he had appointed. — The old masters of Music, Dr.
Page 10 - Salve festa dies, the Latin note, as I think, is sober and distinct enough ; wherefore I have travailed to make the verses in English, and have put the Latin note unto the same. Nevertheless they that be cunning in singing, can make a much more solemn note thereto. I made them only for a proof, to see how English would do in song.
Page 43 - Low, &c. organists to his majesty, hardly knew how to comport themselves with these new-fangled ways, but proceeded in their compositions, according to the old style, and therefore there are only some services and full anthems of theirs to be found.

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