Songs written by Henry VIII
Songs written by Henry VIII, c. 1518. This famous song, 'Pastyme With Good Companye', celebrates the joys of princely life such as hunting, singing and dancing. The manuscript was produced for someone close to the court, possibly Sir Henry Guildford (1489–1532), the Controller of the Household and Master of the Revels.
History of Music Notation - evolution, printing, specialisation and computers
A brief history of Western Music Notation, documenting the major steps in its evolution, and the impact of printing techniques, specialist forms and computer notation software.
Chant, the Mass and Hildegard of Bingen (1098 – 1179)
Constantine is the first Roman Emperor to convert to Christianity. His predecessor, Diocletian, had waged a fierce persecution against the Christians, the severest in Christian history. Civil War had erupted. Constantine was commanding his army against rebel forces that were twice the size of his. The night before battle, Constantine had a dream, the contemporary reports of which…
A beautiful example of a 14th century antiphonal from Tuscany. Script: Formal gothic liturgical book hand. Artist: Niccolò di ser Sozzo Music: Square notation on 4-line red staves. Figurative...