A History of Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin by Barra Boydell

By Barra Boydell

Christ Church has had a fancy and sundry background because the cathedral church of Dublin, considered one of Anglican cathedrals within the capital of a predominantly Catholic kingdom and the church of the British management in eire ahead of 1922. An Irish cathedral in the English culture, but via a lot of its background it was once primarily an English cathedral in a overseas land. With shut musical hyperlinks to cathedrals in England, to St Patrick's cathedral in Dublin, and to the city's wider political and cultural existence, Christ Church has the longest documented tune historical past of any Irish establishment, offering a special point of view at the heritage of tune in Ireland.Barra Boydell, a number one authority on Irish tune heritage, has written an in depth learn drawing at the so much huge musical and archival resources latest for any Irish cathedral. The choir, its composers and musicians, repertoire and organs are mentioned in the wider context of urban and kingdom, and of the non secular and political dynamics that have formed Anglo-Irish relationships seeing that medieval instances. greater than only a background of track at one cathedral, this ebook makes an incredible contribution to English cathedral track experiences in addition to to Irish musical and cultural history.BARRA BOYDELL is Senior Lecturer in tune, nationwide collage of eire, Maynooth.

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32–3. 73 This move put on a firmer footing whatever informal arrangement must already have been in existence since 1480 for the master of the boys. It was to be financed from the offerings made to the baculus Ihesu or staff of Jesus, the most important of the relics which made Christ Church such an important pilgrimage centre, as well as by rents from certain specified church properties and other donations. 76 This deed of 1493 can therefore be regarded as marking the formal establishment of the cathedral choir school which had effectively existed since 1480 and would continue until 1972.

The motet is English in origin and dates from before 1325. GB-Lbl, MS Add. 24198; facsimile: Harrison & Wibberly, Manuscripts, pp. 3–8; Bent, ‘Rota Versitilis’, including transcription. NMI, accession nos 1961: 12, 24, 34, 41. Transcribed and illustrated in Harrison, ‘Polyphony’; see also Bliss, ‘Inscribed Slates’. THE MEDIEVAL CATHEDRAL-PRIORY 23 The fact that these came from a church not in a major religious centre or town suggests that more sophisticated polyphony was sung not only in the major centres, presumably including Christ Church cathedral, but also in smaller and more isolated communities.

93. Cardinal Wolsey allowed the use of the organ specifically in Augustinian houses where, as was the case at Christ Church, the number of canons was low (Harrison, Music in Medieval Britain, p. 215). Flood, ‘Irish Organ-builders’, ‘Organs of Christ Church’. Berry, Register, p. 26. See below, p. 33. Mills, Account Roll, p. 19. 63 The six boys at St Patrick’s would have sung the plainsong of the daily Lady mass and votive antiphon in the Lady chapel, and possibly also at masses celebrated within the cathedral itself, very probably also improvising a descant to the plainsong according to widely practised traditions of polyphonic improvisation.

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