Compiled by scholars with unrivalled knowledge of the sources, this dictionary provides biographies of all musicians and instrument makers employed by the English court from 1485-1714. A number of the musicians featured here have never previously received a dictionary entry. Coverage of these minor figures helps to flesh out the picture of musical life in the court in a way which individual studies of more major composers cannot. In addition to basic biographical details, entries feature information on: appointments; probate material; family background; heraldry; signatures and holograph documents; subscriptions to books; bibliographic references. A finding-list of variant names, details of the succession of court places assumed by musicians and an index of subjects and place names completes this comprehensive reference work.
Prize: Winner of the C.B. Oldman Prize, 2000, awarded by the UK and Ireland Branch of the International Association of Music Libraries. ’A vast amount of information is encompassed in a surprisingly easy-to-read style. The authors…are to be congratulated for achieving so thorough a task with such success. Everyone working on English music of the period will need a readily accessible copy.’ Early Music Review ’…a prodigious work of reference…This publication brings to a conclusion an extraordinary effort of dedication to scholarship. It is good that Ashbee’s publisher has provided sturdy casing and a strong binding, for these are books which will be in constant use. Like Tippex and parcel tape, we will soon be wondering how we ever did without them.’ Early Music 'Those who work on English music in the age of Cornish or Byrd, Child, or Purcell will at some stage almost certainly need to consult these volumes.' Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music ’It is one of the essential reference tools for anyone with a serious interest in English music during the Renaissance and Baroque periods…It is hard to imagine a more formidable gourp of scholars to deal with the biographies of English court musicians. This two-volume set is immensely valuable and important.’ Historic Brass Society Journal
Contents: Volume I: (646 pages); Introduction; Notes on entries; Acknowledgements; List of Abbreviations; Bibliographical codes; Names: a Finding List for Variants; The Dictionary: A-H. Volume II: (635 pages); The Dictionary: I-Z; The Succession of Places of Court Musicians: The Private Music; strings, keyboard, wind, drums; Trumpeters; The Chapel Royal men; Tables showing family connections between court musicians; Index of Subjects and Places; Addenda.