JF History of Music: Medieval and Renaissance


Week 11    The Reformation and English Music


The Eton Choirbook, ed. Frank Ll. Harrison, musica britannica, vols. 10–12 (London: Stainer & Bell, 1967) (library)

The Eton Choirbook, facs. edn with introduction by Magnus Williamson (Oxford: DIAMM Publications, 2010) (library)

The Arundel Choirbook, facs. edn with introduction by David Skinner (Huddersfield: Roxburghe Club, 2003) (library)

The Treasury of English Church Music 1545–1650, ed. Peter le Huray (2nd edn, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982) (library)

Early English Church Music (London: Stainer & Bell, 1962–) P-MUS 780.5 K3

Tudor Church Music (London: Oxford University Press, 1923–) P-MUS 780.5 F3


Howard M. Brown (rev. Louise K. Stein), Music in the Renaissance (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1999),. 227–41 (library)

Leeman L. Perkins, Music in the Age of the Renaissance (New York and London: Norton, 1999) [read the section ‘The Reform in England: Anthems and Psalm Settings’, pp. 745–56] (library)

Hugh Benham, Latin Church Music in England, c.1460–1575 (London: Barrie and Jenkins, 1977) (library)

Frank Ll. Harrison, Music in Medieval Britain (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1958) (library)

John Caldwell, The Oxford History of English Music, vol. 1: From the Beginnings to c.1715 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991)  (library)

English Choral Practice, c.1400–c.1650, ed. John Morehen (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995) (library)

David S. Josephson, John Taverner: Tudor Composer (Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1975) (library)

Theodor Dumitrescu, The Early Tudor Court and International Musical Relations (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007) MUS (library)

Magnus Williamson, ‘The Early Tudor Court, the Provinces and the Eton Choirbook’, Early Music, 25 (1997), 229–43 (jstor)

Roger Bowers, English Church Polyphony: Singers and Sources from the 14th to the 17th Century (Aldershot: Ashgate, 1999) (library)

Joseph Kerman, ‘The Missa Puer natus est by Thomas Tallis’ in Kerman, Write All These Down (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1994), 125–38 (library)

Nigel Davison, ‘The “Western Wind” Masses’, Musical Quarterly, 57 (1971), 427–43 (jstor)

David Wulstan, Tudor Music (London: Dent, 1985) MUS (library)

Peter le Huray, Music and the Reformation in England (2nd edn, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1978) (library)

John Milsom, ‘Caustun’s Contrafacta’, Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 132 (2007), 1–31 (jstor)

————, ‘Sacred Songs in the Chamber’, in English Choral Practice, 1400–1650, ed. John Morehen (Cambridge, 1995), 161–79 (library)




Cornysh: Stabat mater and other pieces
Browne, Taverner, Carver
Tallis: Latin motets
Taverner: Missa O Michael + motets
Tallis and Taverner: Masses
Tye: Cathedral Music



Tallis: English Anthems


In what ways did English polyphony differ stylistically from continental polyphony during the reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII?

Critically assess the stylistic changes that took place in English sacred music between c.1500 and c.1600. To what extent did those changes result from non-musical influences?