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Title: Thomas Crecquillon in context : a reappraisal of his life and of selected works
Author: Ham, Martin A. O.
ISNI:       0000 0001 2460 7075
Awarding Body: University of Surrey
Current Institution: University of Surrey
Date of Award: 1998
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The thesis covers the life and selected works of Thomas Crecquillon. It reassesses the evidence for his career, concluding that he was maistre of the Imperial chapel from 1540 to 1545. Previous work dating his replacement to 1542 is refuted. Documentary references are clarified, allowing a more consistent picture to emerge. His retirement date is reassessed and shown to be most probably 1550. His date of birth is estimated at 1505-1510. Internal evidence is quoted consistent with his having worked in Antwerp and around Tournai. Authenticity and related issues in the motets are discussed. Conclusions are reached on several works that differ from those in the edition of Crecquillon's works in CMM, and several further cross attributions are considered. A motet by Crecquillon is identified as the model for a Guerrero mass. Borrowed material in Crecquillon's motets is identified as either fulfilling a didactic and exegetical purpose or representing heightened social importance of the work in question. Four motets are shown to have been originally two hymn settings. Several motets are read in the context of renaissance concepts of divine kingship and iconography as forming part of entry liturgies, with the reading of a Senfl motet as being written for the birth of Philip of Spain as a precursor. The use of texts from the Song of Songs in some manuscripts is identified as a further manifestation of concepts of royalty, with the ruer as Solomon, partly as an analogue of the ruler as David, and the wider context explored in some depth. The mass Kain [Adler] in der Welt is shown to contain a range of references to borrowed material and to the musical depiction of ideas of divine royalty, and to be one of a series of works for the marriage of Philip of Spain in 1543.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Literature