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the collection as a whole is to be warmly welcomed ... they worthily commemorate the composer on his 400th anniversary ... the editors and publishers are to be warmly congratulated on the way they have carried out their tasks. ( Ian Spink, Music and Letters 78/4)
fascinating and valuable collection of essays ... wonderful book. ( Richard Andrewes, Jnl of the Viola de Gamba Society)
it is beautifully produced with many musical examples, a few nice plates and a very extensive bibliography. ( Early Music Today, 1 August 1997)
meticulously edited ... The volume fills gaps in our knowledge. ( Times Literary Supplement, 25 July 1997)
John Jenkins (1592-1678) was acknowledged by his English contemporaries as a supreme composer of instrumental music. A conference held in 1992 to commemorate the four-hundredth anniversary of his birth, rather than focusing only on his life and work, set these in a wider context. Some of the papers included here were first presented at the conference, but are supplemented by others giving a broad conspectus of current work by leading scholars in the field of English consort music. The collection embraces various aspects not only of Jenkin's work, but also some of his contemporaries (Gibbons, Ferrabosco II, Mico, Cobbold), instruments (lute, lyre, viol, organ), and consort manuscripts, including their patrons and copyists.
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