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Title: A study of selected manuscript sources of French organ music of the 17th and early 18th centuries, with particular reference to the organ mass
Author: Cradock, Caroline
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis looks at three previously unstudied manuscript sources of French Classical organ music, and analyses the music within the two of them in the context of the published repertoire. After an introduction to altermatim performance and the ecclesiastical prescriptions governing this music, the author considers the extant repertoire of French Classical organ music in manuscript form, and the work which has so far been done on it. Volume 1 of the thesis consists of two parts. Part 1 contains three manuscript studies: D-MbsMus.Ms.1503k (c1660); B-BrMs.lll1508 (early 18th century);and F-PcMS4689 (early 18th century). The first manuscript contains figured bass and incomplete sketches of liturgical pieces, including a Messe double, as well as a number of written out fantaisies. The other two manuscripts contain fully-written out pieces. B-BrMs.lll1508 begins with a Messe du Huitiesme Ton, and contains a number of suites, as well as a few harpsichord and vocal pieces. Although the pieces in F-PcMS4689 may appear to be unlinked and do not bear liturgical attributions, the author shows that this manuscript in fact contains three organ masses, as well as a number of harpsichord pieces. The second part of volume 1 is devoted to an analysis of the music within the later two manuscripts – B-BrMs.lll1508 and F-PcMS4689 – in comparison with that in the published repertoire. Only a small number of such studies have been undertaken, the most significant being Morche (1979); Gallat-Morin (1988); and Ponsford (1999); and amongst these, only Gallat-Morin has considered any of the manuscript sources available. Volume 2 presents a modern transcription of F-PcMS4689.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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