Wind Instruments in Provincial English Cathedrals, c. 1580–c. 1680: Towards a Performance Practice

Roberts, Helen (2020) Wind Instruments in Provincial English Cathedrals, c. 1580–c. 1680: Towards a Performance Practice. Doctoral thesis, Birmingham City University.

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Abstract

Despite the long-acknowledged and widespread association of wind instrumentalists with English cathedrals in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the continued performance tradition enjoyed by sacred vocal music of the period, the performance practices that may have been employed by English cathedral wind bands during this time have been strangely neglected in the literature until now. This thesis seeks to address this lacuna through case studies focussing on Durham, Exeter and Canterbury Cathedrals, covering the period from around 1580, when instrumentalists first begin appearing in cathedral muniments, until around 1680, when the wind band ceased to be a regular feature of the English cathedral soundscape. Employing a combination of traditional musicological and archival research and bespoke practice-led research methodologies, a range of possible performance solutions are proposed for the modern instrumentalist wishing to approach this repertoire from an historically-informed perspective, whilst at the same time providing much needed historical and social context for the practices and people involved.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Dates:
DateEvent
February 2020UNSPECIFIED
Uncontrolled Keywords: performance practice; seventeenth century; cathedrals; wind band; cornett; sackbut; durham; exeter; canterbury; practice-led research
Subjects: CAH20 - historical, philosophical and religious studies > CAH20-02 - philosophy and religious studies > CAH20-02-02 - theology and religious studies
CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-02 - performing arts > CAH25-02-02 - music
V600 Theology and Religious studies
W300 Music
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
REF UoA Output Collections > Doctoral Theses Collection
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA33: Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies
Depositing User: Kip Darling
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2021 14:31
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2021 14:31
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12380

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