Henry VIII's Book: Teaching Music to Royal Children

Helms, Dietrich
January 2009
Musical Quarterly;Jan2009, Vol. 92 Issue 1/2, p118
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the musical contents of King Henry VIII's book "British Library Additional Manuscript (MS) 31922," and discusses how the manuscript was intended to serve as a book of examples for the musical education of King Henry VIII as a child. It states that the book, edited by John Stevens, is known as the repertory of Tudor secular song as well as music sung and played at the court of Henry VIII. It mentions that the educational purpose of the manuscript is indicated by its contents which consist of various forms of carols, rounds and puzzle canons. It describes how the didactic character of the manuscript can be established from didactic principles revealed by its compositions including compositional formulae, cadential patterns and the principle of imitation.


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