Tudor Anthems - Fifty Motets And Anthems For Mixed-Voice Choir

Books | SATB, Piano Accompaniment

Publisher: Novello & Co Ltd.
Format: Sheet Music | Vocal Work

Tudor and Stuart monarchs reigned during a period of political and ecclesiastical turmoil, out of which occurred profound developments in musical style.

Tudor Anthems, (the term loosely applied to cover the years 1520 to 1640) anthologises some of the finest English musical works of that era. It includes sacred works of various lengths and standards of difficulty for mixed voice choir, accompanied and unaccompanied, by an array of composers, including Byrd, Dering, Gibbons, Morley, Mundy, Parsons, Philips, Smith, Taverner and Tomkins.

A comprehensive collection and indispensable resource for any choir's library, prepared in an easily understood performing edition by Lionel Pike.

"This is an excellent book. It offers variety, the familiar and the less so, all levels of difficulty, and excellent value. Choirs who invest in a set could cover this aspect of their repertoire for years to come."

Andrew Gant (Choir & Organ - March/April 2011)

"A new Tudor anthem anthology will inevitably invite comparison with the popular Oxford Book of Tudor Anthems, but Lionel Pike's collection largely avoids overlap with the OUP book, and its contents certainly do not disappoint."

Matthew O'Donovan (Early Music Today - March/May 2011)

"For many choirs and choral societies the Oxford Book of Tudor Anthems has been a standard source for this wonderful repertoire since it was first published in 1978. This new edition from Novello is now a serious competitor (why have we had to wait so long!). At almost the same price as the OUP volume and with 50 anthems (OUP had 34), this anthology is remarkable value for money. Before considering the contents, it is worth mentioning its weight. My choir complains at holding the New Church Anthem Book and this is the same weight as the NCAB paperback (i.e. over a kilogram) and almost A4 in size. Lionel Pike, former Professor of Music at the Royal Holloway in London, provides an eclectic mix of the well known and the more obscure, but all the music here, from 29 composers in total, merits inclusion. Even if you have some of the better-known works in your choir library there is sufficient unfamiliar repertoire to recommend investing in a copy. There are 13 pieces in four parts (10 of these SATB), 21 in five parts, 14 in six parts and one each in seven and eight parts. All have a keyboard reduction except John Dowland’s An heart that’s broken and contrite which has a lute part. At two pages, this is the shortest piece in the book (O clap your hands by Gibbons is the longest at 32 pages). A small point, but it would have been useful to have an indication of the voicing of each piece in the index or at the head of each work. This is an edition made by a fine scholar. The editorial notes describe in detail each source used, but do not provide a commentary of differences between these and other sources. Notes indicate for which season or occasion in the church year each anthem might be suitable, and from Issue 55 we have listed some of them in Sunday by Sunday (using the abbreviation TAN). The editor has modernized the spelling of English texts. Generations have sung Rejoice in the Lord alway and so I wonder if his version ‘always’ is an editorial change or is in his original source? This is one of the most exciting anthologies to have come my way for some time."

RSCM (Sunday by Sunday - June 2011)

ISBN: 9781847729743
Published on: 15 September 2010
No of pages: 400
Language: English
Catalogue No: NOV881000

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        Scores 9.5 out of 10 based on 2 reviews
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        Newbury GB Professional singer & conductor
        Good mixture of voice divisions. Lots of pieces I didn't know at all.
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        Confirmed purchase: 05 July 2016
        Published on: 26 July 2016
        9 out of 10


        Oxford GB Musicologist and choral conductor
        Pretty much every piece in this has proved a really interesting find and good new repertoire (we have now sung through it cover to cover), though I would argue with the title 'Tudor'! It's an excellent wide-ranging collection, and complements the Oxford book which has been crying out for a second volume for decades. It's also good to have some of the lesser-known composers among the more famous. I have bought two sets as many of my singers bought their own, and I know we'll be using it a lot, so it was worth the outlay.
        Unlike carol books, which repeat so much, there is little or no repetition of existing music from other anthologies, though it's a pity that the editor felt the need to reproduce Gibbon's 'O clap your hands', an old chestnut from the Oxford book (and the difference in transposition wasn't really worth it). There is one completely whacky transposition which makes the piece almost unsingable, and I'm convinced must be a mistake as it doesn't match any of the other transpositions in the book. Some of my choir complain that the book is very heavy, but the paper quality is excellent and I wouldn't change that as the book will have a longer life as a result.
        Confirmed purchase: 19 August 2014
        Published on: 20 September 2014

        Musicroom Reviews

        A nice chunky copy with much that is worth having. Criticisms: 1. The reduction of note values makes for a very fussy page - excessive use of semiquavers which makes the music dense and a little difficult to read. The older whiter note versions of OUP make the music easier to scan. See Byrd No 13. 2. No translations - not true - they are embedded in the commentary. Again - OUP puts the tranlations at the end of the pieces - that's more convenient. 3. Good range of repertoire much off the beaten track. The policy of the collection is admirably to make us look at a wider range of good stuff than most of us have been used to. Therefore one queries whether they should have used so much of the book with "O clap your hands" available in the old OUP Tudor Anthems There are other Gibbons pieces they could have highlit 4. Irritating not being able to see the instrumental layout. It was explained in the intro but it needed searching for. At first glance I wanted to know was the keyboard part a reduction of string parts or actually a keyboard part. The intro does explain but reading through the volume I couldn't understand 5. Dense pages could have been lightened by putting plainsong on a single line and opening up the pages more. Old OUP editions are better. See the new English Church Music Volumes. There's a tiny bit more air space and light in the OUP layout. 6. A plus and a minus - lots of good stuff - book is heavy! I can't have it both ways. 7. An index of liturgical use might be helpful. There is some stuff in the commentary though not every piece has a liturgical home admiited. I've yet to use the collection but I'm pleased to have it and will be looking for opportunities. Good to have scores to check up on recordings. I suppose we'll have to get used to the price. A set would put a small choir back an awful lot and we'd have to admit to searching CPDL for rarities. The reason I bought was Music room;'s half price offer.
        Anonymous - (Builth Wells, United Kingdom)

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