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Restoration Cathedral Music: A Symposium
19 March 2013
A day-long symposium will examine various aspects of English cathedral music during the period 1660-1710, with a concentration on anthems and services. Topics for the sessions include: Religion, Politics, and Music in Restoration England; Chapel Royal and Cathedral Music; and The Aldrich/Turner Manuscript: Context and Assessment. Presenters will include Dr. Robert Shay (University of Missouri, Columbia), Dr. Nicholas Temperley (Emeritus Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign), and Dr. Bryan White (Leeds University, UK). Scheduled sessions will include a performance by the University Singers directed by Dr. James Stegall.
The symposium will center around WIU's recent acquisition of a rare and valuable late-seventeenth-century manuscript of English church music. This volume consists of a full service (settings of canticles for morning and evening prayer) and two full anthems all in the hand of William Turner (1651-1740). The anthems are signed by Turner and presumed to be his work; the service music is attributed to Henry Aldrich (1648-1710). Apart from the anthem 'Try me, O God' the music is otherwise unknown and appears to be unique to this source.
View a PDF of the late-seventeenth-century manuscript of English church music.
The symposium is sponsored by WIU University Libraries and the School of Music as part of the Art & Self Perception series of events, 2012-13.
Conference Prospectus - PDF
- 8:30 – 9:00
- Coffee and Welcome
- 9:00 – 10:00 (Keynote)
Religion, Politics, and Culture during England’s Tumultuous Seventeenth Century: the Stuart Context of the Aldrich/Turner Manuscript
- 10:15 – 10:45
The French Connection: French influences on English music in
- 10:45 – 11:15
Bridging the Interregnum: The Contributions of Edward Lowe and James
- 11:15 – 11:45
English Cathedral Music and the Persistence of the Manuscript Tradition.
- 11:45 -12:45
- 12:45 – 1:45
Performance by University Singers at Wesley UMC
Music of Purcell, Blow, Turner, Aldrich, and Clarke
- 2:00 – 3:15
Implications of the Aldrich/Turner Manuscript
- 3:30 – 4:00
‘What the End of Musick is’: the Profane and the Sacred on St Cecilia’s Day
- 4:00 – 4:30
William Turner and Restoration Catch Culture
Please complete this registration form to secure your spot.
For more information on the symposium and the manuscript, contact:
- Rod Sharpe
- Music Library
- Western Illinois University
- Macomb, IL 61455