Young Choristers, 650-1700
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276 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

4 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Music

Imprint: Boydell Press

Young Choristers, 650-1700

Edited by Susan Boynton and Eric Rice

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First full-length consideration of the role played by young singers, bringing out its full significance and its development over time.
Young singers played a central role in a variety of religious institutional settings: urban cathedrals, collegiate churches, monasteries, guilds, and confraternities. The training of singers for performance in religious services was so crucial as to shape the very structures of ecclesiastical institutions, which developed to meet the need for educating their youngest members; while the development of musical repertories and styles directly reflected the ubiquitous participation of children's voices in both chant and polyphony. Once choristers' voices had broken, they often pursued more advanced studies either through an apprenticeship system or at university, frequently with the help of the institutions to which they belonged.
This volume provides the first wide-ranging book-length treatment of the subject, and will be of interest to music historians - indeed, all historians - who wish to understand the role of the young in sacred musical culture before 1700.

SUSAN BOYNTON is Associate Professor of Historical Musicology at Columbia University; ERIC RICE is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Connecticutat Storrs.

CONTRIBUTORS: SUSAN BOYNTON, SANDRINE DUMONT, JOSEPH DYER, JANE FLYNN, ANDREW KIRKMAN, NOEL O'REGAN, ALEJANDRO PLANCHART, RICHARD RASTALL, COLLEEN REARDON, ERIC RICE, JUAN RUIZ JIMENEZ, ANNE BAGNALL YARDLEY
Introduction: Performance and Premodern Childhood - Susan Boynton and Eric Rice
Boy Singers of the Roman Schola Cantorum - Joseph Dyer
Boy Singers in Medieval Monasteries and Cathedrals - Susan Boynton
The Musical Education of Young Girls in Medieval English Nunneries - Anne Bagnall Yardley
Choirboys in Early English Religious Drama - Richard Rastall
From Mozos de coro towards Seises: Boys in the Musical Life of Seville - Juan Ruiz Jiménez
The Seeds of Medieval Music: Choirboys and Musical Training in a Late-Medie val-Maitrise - Andrew Kirkman
Choirboys in Cambrai in the Fifteenth Century - Alejandro Planchart
Choirboys and Vicaires at the Maitrise of Cambrai: A Socio-anthropol ogical Study [1550-1670] - Sandrine Dumont
Choirboys, Memorial Endowments and Education at Aachen's Marienkirche - Eric Rice
Thomas Mulliner: An Apprentice of John Heywood? - Jane E Flynn
Cantando tutte insieme: Training Girl Singers in Early Modern Sienese Convents - Colleen Reardon
Choirboys in Early Modern Rome - T Noel O'Regan
"[I]t brings together work of some of the best institutional music historians of the medieval and early modern periods, and offers a rich sampling of their research and writing. [...] offers a valuable introduction to the study of music and musical training in ecclesiastical institutions." PLAINSONG AND MEDIEVAL MUSIC
"Provides important correctives to received wisdom, and a window into both childhood and music in the Middle Ages." SPECULUM
"All in all, if one has an interest in early choral music and the role child musicians played in the performance of this music, one can hardly do better than to spend a few enjoyable hours reading these thoughtful, well-researched essays." EARLY MUSIC
"This is one of those books which pours fascinating light on an interesting subject that has hitherto been inadequately researched. This book has a wealth of information and will lead readers into all sorts of directions." EARLY MUSIC REVIEW
"For serious students of the sociology of children in church and monastic life, this must be essential reading." CMQ
"This is a truly fascinating collection...essential reading." CHURCH MUSIC QUARTERLY
"The book's specific focus on children as musicians is certainly welcome." MUSIC & LETTERS

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Title Details

276 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

4 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Music

Imprint: Boydell Press