Orlando Gibbons and the Gibbons Family of Musicians

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Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) has long been recognized as holding a leading position in English music of the seventeenth century. In his own time he was known both as an outstanding composer, and a performer who was described as 'the best Finger of that Age' and 'the best hand in england'. It is therefore surprising that John Harley's Orlando Gibbons and the Gibbons Family of Musicians is the first full-length study to deal with his life and music since E. H. Fellowes's short book, originally published in 1923.
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This study deals with the life and music of Gibbons, a leading English musician of the 17th century. Harley (author and retired civil servant) investigates the family and musical background from which Gibbons emerged, and gives an account of the activities of his father and his brothers. He provides a full record of the artist's youthful appointment as an organist at the Chapel Royal, his life at court, and his other appointments, and he examines his music, his development as a composer, and the character of the particular pieces. Includes a chapter on the life and works of his son, Christopher. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
David Maw
Harley is to be congratulated for having made considerable inroads into the study of this still under-appreciated music...Harley displays an intimate knowledge and deep sympathy in his evaluation of Orlando's music, and is at his best in dealing with the songs...
Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840142099
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
1 The Gibbons family
2 The court musician
3 Orlando Gibbons's personality and music
4 Keyboard music
5 Consort music
6 Songs
7 Anthems: Introduction
8 Full anthems
9 Verse anthems
10 Liturgical music
11 Orlando Gibbons's death
12 Christopher Gibbons
App. A Richard Gibbons's descendants
App. B Wills
App. C Fantazies of III. Parts
App. D Portraits
List of Orlando Gibbons's works
List of Christopher Gibbons's works
Index of works by Orlando Gibbons
Name and subject index
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