Not so much a Database, but
searchable lists for research purposes.
|This is an experimental attempt
to assemble in one place information gathered by
members of the
Gallery Music Association relating to research
into Anthems and other music contained in printed
sources and manuscripts, which is not covered by
Tune Index. This magnificent corpus is
run under the auspices of the National Endowment for
the Humanities at the University of Illinois, USA,
and has been created as a fully searchable on-line
Database, and inevitably contains information in far greater detail than here.
Rather, our web site has been drawn up along the lines of
ChoralWiki, home of the
Choral Public Domain Library.
Users of these lists of information may well like to
refer to these two sites in conjunction with
searching here. Plans for a searchable database are
in hand, but may take a little further time to come
|Anthems is a word used to describe a
number of types of music, excluding psalm and hymn tunes (which
can be found on Nicholas Temperley's Hymn Tune Index). It
is better described as
setting of a sacred prose text. Set pieces (through-composed
settings of metrical texts) are excluded, as are chanting
tunes which are not through-composed. The intention is to
include some non-sacred pieces of music, perhaps limited to
glees and part songs, as these are included in many printed
anthologies of sacred music.
|There are four starting pages for searching
information stored to date. These are:
The musical incipits of each Anthem,
[and individual parts of each Anthem] have been recorded
both alphabetically and numerally. They are so listed in
order. Clicking on an adjoining Icon takes you to a page
where further details of all Anthems are recorded which
are known to have been written by a particular Composer.
In a similar way, alphabetical
incipits have been collected for each [part of an]
Anthem. These are listed as for Music Incipits, but may
have a number of numerical references against each
entry, as several composers are knwn to have used
similar texts. Clicking live links will take you to the
relevant Composer page.
Each link in the Composers List opens a separate page which
shows details of all Anthems so far found for that Composer,
together with details of the Source books referred to. These
Source details have been abridged from Nicholas Temperley's
Hymn Tune Index.
A list of Sources with details, where
known, is in course of preparation.