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The hymns and responds of John Sheppard

Chivers, Richard William (1997) The hymns and responds of John Sheppard. Masters thesis, Durham University.



The Office hymns and responds of John Sheppard make up the major part of his compositional output. With few exceptions, very little music for the Office by other composers remains, so his work is of especial interest. Biographical details about Sheppard are scant, but he was closely associated with two important musical institutions: Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was informator choristarum, and the Chapel Royal, where he served as a Gentleman. The liturgy of the church had a profound effect upon musical composition and this study considers the music in its historical context. The background to Magdalen College and the Chapel Royal is considered and the development of the Office respond is traced. Sheppard's technique of composition and the problems associated with editing and interpreting this music are discussed.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Award:Master of Arts
Thesis Date:1997
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:09 Oct 2012 11:43

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