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The Book of Common Prayer: A Guide$
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Charles Hefling

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780190689681

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190689681.001.0001

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The Prayer Book Sung

The Prayer Book Sung

(p.285) Twelve The Prayer Book Sung
The Book of Common Prayer: A Guide

Charles Hefling

Oxford University Press

The Book of Common Prayer makes explicit provision for some of its words to be either “sung or said.” Vocal music, choral or congregational, has been a feature of Prayer Book services from the first. The original version of the text was set to music in 1550 by John Marbeck; since then, a tradition of “parochial music” has augmented Divine Service with metrical paraphrases of the Psalms, while “cathedral music” has developed a unique form of recitation known as Anglican chant, together with a genre of musical settings for choirs of the canticles at Morning and Evening Prayer.

Keywords:   John Marbeck, Evening Prayer, Anglican chant, service music, anthem, Magnificat and Nunc dimittis

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