- The Tudor Partbooks project is attempting to reconstruct the music of the Elizabethan partbooks of John Baldwin (GB-Och:Mus979-83), which are unfortunately missing the tenor book. (The remaining partbooks have been digitized by Christ Church Library). We're turning the reconstruction of the lost tenor parts into a collaborative process involving scholars, performers and students. This began with our first workshop, which was held in Oxford from 6-8 March. Here's what we got up to:
- Our workshop gets started:
- Session 1: Owen Rees leads us in reconstructing Robert Parsons's Peccantem me quotidie, with the help of singers from Contrapunctus.
- By looking out for chords with missing notes, cadences, and points where the melody is being imitated between the voices (thankfully a typical way to begin each phrase of text in this period!) we can begin to create a plausible new tenor voice this motet.
- We ended the day with a trip to Evensong at Magdalen College, where they were singing Thomas Tallis's Lamentations.
- Today we took a break from working on the Baldwin partbooks to explore other kinds of sixteenth-century polyphonic reconstruction.
- Session 2: Andrew Johnstone introduces us to reconstructing Elizabethan partsongs and consort songs that now survive only in lute tablature.