The Eton Choirbook at the crossroads of the Renaissance


Walter Lambe Nesciens mater
William, Monk of Stratford Magnificat
Richard Davy St Matthew Passion
John Browne Stabat mater a 6
Robert Wylkynson Jesus autem transiens


Ethereal interlocking harmonies from the turn of the 16th century sung standing around a beautiful facsimile of the Eton Choirbook.


One of the greatest surviving glories of pre-Reformation England, The Eton Choirbook is a giant 500-year-old manuscript from the royal foundation at Eton College Chapel – a stone’s throw from Windsor Castle. This sequence of music from the Choirbook features a thrilling setting of the Magnificat, heartrending motets, the earliest polyphonic Passion by a named composer, and an extraordinary 13-part canon by the man in charge of the Choristers at Eton, Robert Wylkynson. Continuing a journey begun with the partbooks of Byrd-Round-Table and Machaut’s manuscript in True-Love-Story, we read the music of the Eton Choirbook from a beautiful Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music facsimile, all gathered around a central music stand.



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