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By Erik Routley, Eric Routley, Lionel Dakers

Starting from the medieval interval to the current day, it is a short background of church track because it has constructed during the English culture. defined as "a fast journey", it offers a vast ancient survey instead of an in-depth examine of the topic, and in addition predicts most probably destiny traits.

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His death, by his own hand, took place in 1707. He was most gifted as a miniaturist. Benjamin Rogers, the erratic organist of Magdalen College, Oxford, and composer of the well-known 'Magdelen Tower Hymn' (itself a nice piece of writing in this style: see EH 328) was another able minor composer of the time. So was John Weldon (1676-1736). William Croft (1678-1727) is more substantial, but in his work— 'O Lord rebuke me not', TECM III p. 124 is typical—there is a touch of that tendency to be decorative but key-tied which was to become a besetting sin of writers in this style.

This was the only concession* to music-making in the whole of that book, was a provision for precisely those royal chapels and other major music-making centres which the new authorities wanted, in the teeth of puritan protest, to promote. What happened out in the country, nobody cared very much. It is fair to ask, then, why the first half of the century proves to be the source for so much hymnody which we now approve and know well. The answer must be that although many new psalters, celebrating in this miniature form the riches of the new music, were published between 1677 and 1740, almost all of them had no more than what we should now think of as private circulation.

One was that all worship was public worship: the suppression of monastic foundations meant the discontinuance, except for pockets of resistance or private Catholic chapels which somehow escaped the censors, of the offices. The Church at worship was the people at worship. The second stream tended to say that the Church was there to instruct. Worship was not, in the medieval mind, so much a classroom as a theatre. The puritans said that the mind was indeed the part of a Christian that was most likely to need constant vigilance and correction.

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