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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190689681.003.0013

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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