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Title: John Sadler & the 'Sadler' partbooks (Oxford, Bodleian Library MSS Mus. e. 1-5)
Author: Burke, James
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2016
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The so-called 'Sadler partbooks' (GB-Ob Mus. e. 1-5), owned and probably produced by the Anglican priest, schoolmaster and translator John Sadler (b.1513), are a prime musical source. All five of its volumes survive complete but for one folio in one partbook, that did not ec, and its pages contain Latin-texted motets, a Mass setting, part-songs, and a textless In nomine. The paratext to Sadler's partbooks is also unusually rich: scattered among their musical contents are numerous inscriptions and illustrations. This study seeks to examine who John Sadler was; how he went about producing his music manuscripts, and why; and what has happened to his partbooks since. Part One concerns John Sadler and his context. Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4 re-examine the evidence for his identification: they seek to verify the known facts of his biography, and supplement them with new information in order to amplify our knowledge and understanding of his life. Chapter 5 summarises the evidence for and against whether Sadler actually produced the partbooks himself, or whether they were copied for him. Chapter 6 discusses Sadler's In nomine, and what we can learn from it: what distinguishes it from other settings, its general effectiveness, and the implications that Sadler's musical abilities might have had for the music in his partbooks. Part Two deals with the partbooks themselves. Chapter 7 introduces the partbooks and their contents, and explores how they compare with other Elizabethan partbooks sets in terms of size, scope and represented composers. Chapter 8 considers how the partbooks themselves were assembled, from what sort of paper, how this was fashioned into booklets, and how pages were then pricked, ruled with frames and staves drawn in preparation for copying. Chapter 9 examines some of the partbooks' key attributes: aspects of their notation, ascriptions, titles, numbering systems and other finding aids. Chapter 10 considers how the partbooks were originally bound. Part Three concerns the afterlife of Sadler's partbooks. Chapter 11 surveys the later owners of the volumes, the marks they made to them, and the sale history of the set. Chapter 12 examines how the partbooks came to be acquired by the Bodleian Library. Chapter 13 explains how the partbooks were re-bound and re-backed, and Chapters 14 and 15 deal with the volumes' subsequent restorations, reclassifications, and photographic history.
Supervisor: Rees, Owen Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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