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Title: The sacred music of Michel-Richard de Lalande (1657-1726)
Author: Sawkins, Lionel Herbert.
ISNI:       0000 0000 5512 1177
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: University of London
Date of Award: 1992
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The purpose of this study is to survey the sacred music of the most celebrated and significant composer for the French royal chapel during the grand siecle. The prefatory material of the 1729-34 edition of some of Lalande's motets, notably the essay by Alexandre Tannevot, has served as the basis of all previous biographical notices of the composer; here, it is reproduced in full for the first time, both in the original French and in translation, annotated with additional information from other sources. All known manuscript and printed sources (recueils, separate scores, parts, word-books) are described, revealing the existence of fragments of several motets thought lost, differing versions of others, and the texts of some not previously listed. The composer's autograph manuscripts are identified and discussed. A chronology of composition is postulated, in which the principal secular works are also incorporated. A catalogue raisonne of all sacred works is included. The composer's revision processes are discussed on the basis of some of the 32 grands motets shown to survive in more than one version, revealing development of structures, scoring practices, harmonic procedures, and other features. Comparisons are made with works of some of the composer's predecessors and contemporaries. Evidence of performing practice, including tempo and tempo relationships, is discussed. An assessment is made of the importance of Lalande's motets in the repertories of the Versailles royal chapel, the Paris Concert spirituel, and in French provincial academies de concert, in the composer's lifetime and subsequently. Appendices include transcriptions of a representative collection of motets from different periods of the composer's career.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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