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A Short History of English Music by Ernest Ford

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[Illustration: HENRY PURCELL.

_Frontispiece._]

A SHORT HISTORY OF ENGLISH MUSIC

BY ERNEST FORD F.R.A.M

ILLUSTRATED

NEW YORK M^cBRIDE, NAST & COMPANY 1912

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

PREFACE

This book is not, in any sense, technical.

It is an attempt to give a simple and rational, though in a volume of this size, necessarily incomplete, account of events that have led to the complex state of music existing in England at the present time.

Should it offer nothing to the musician or historian, I hope it will be found of interest to the general reader.

The desire to make each chapter as complete, on the subject with which it deals, as space would permit, has necessitated a certain amount of repetition, but I trust that the object will condone the fault.

THE AUTHOR.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. MUSIC BEFORE AND DURING THE REFORMATION 1

II. MUSIC BEFORE AND DURING THE REFORMATION--(_continued_) 20

III. EARLY ENGLISH COMPOSERS 47

IV. THE DECLINE OF ENGLISH MUSIC 67

V. MUSICAL EDUCATION IN ENGLAND 93


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