Philips and Dering: Consort Music

David J. Smith (Editor)

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Abstract

A scholarly edition of consort music by two Catholic composers, this volume contains an extensive introduction which includes information about the composers; an assessment of the sources; an account of centres of viol playing in 17th-C England; changing fashions in genre; new insights on mode, mensuration and barring, and temperament. The edition includes a reconstruction of a pavan by Philips, and the composition of outer parts for dances by Dering. All sources are described, and there is an extensive critical commentary. In terms of our understanding of metre, mode and tuning, the volume makes a contribution to editing practice more generally.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherStainer & Bell
Commissioning bodyRoyal Musical Association
Number of pages264
Volume101
ISBN (Print)9780852499481
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016

Publication series

NameMusica Britannica
PublisherRoyal Musical Association

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Composer
Consort
Music
Tuning
Temperament
England
Editing
Dance
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Keywords

  • Peter Philips
  • Richard Dering
  • Consort
  • Viol
  • English
  • Britsih music
  • Temperament
  • MODE
  • Mensuration

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Smith, D. J. (Ed.) (2016). Philips and Dering: Consort Music. (Musica Britannica). London: Stainer & Bell.

Philips and Dering: Consort Music. / Smith, David J. (Editor).

London : Stainer & Bell, 2016. 264 p. (Musica Britannica).

Research output: Book/ReportScholarly Edition

Smith, DJ (ed.) 2016, Philips and Dering: Consort Music. Musica Britannica, vol. 101, Stainer & Bell, London.
Smith DJ, (ed.). Philips and Dering: Consort Music. London: Stainer & Bell, 2016. 264 p. (Musica Britannica).
Smith, David J. (Editor). / Philips and Dering: Consort Music. London : Stainer & Bell, 2016. 264 p. (Musica Britannica).
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