Aspects of English Song

Essays by Anthony Rooley

Antony Rooley; edited by Giovanna Baviera & Martin Kirnbauer; introduction by Tess Knighton


Anthony Rooley, together with Evelyn Tubb, had a profound influence on vocal training at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and gave new impulses over decades (beginning with courses as early as the 1980s and with a permanent teaching position since 1999 until 2018). In particular, the Advanced Vocal Ensemble Studies (AVES) course he initiated in 2008 introduced many singers to the supreme discipline of Renaissance and Early Baroque a cappella singing. Central to his teaching was the power of language, shaped by the art of oratory and performance, disciplines which Anthony Rooley himself also masters exceptionally well. Language is both the medium and represents the content, like two sides of a coin. In the context of teaching, therefore, he wrote many texts and essays that give us an idea of the intellectual background against which he developed his musical ideas.
The Schola Cantorum Basiliensis is proud to be able to publish some of these essays in this collection. These texts are still notably close to the original inspiring oral lecture. They also document Anthony Rooleys passion for using pictorial representations, which bring a further, to a certain extent non-verbal level into his teaching. *** This collection of essays is an open access publication in PDF-format ***


English Song; Mad Song; Theatre Song; Anthony Rooley; Evelyn Tubb; The Consort of Musicke


ISBN 978-3-9525550-0-2

ASPECTS OF ENGLISH SONG. Essays by Anthony Rooley

edited by Giovanna Baviera and Martin Kirnbauer


Foreword by Thomas Drescher & Martin Kirnbauer, 4–5

Introduction by Tess Knighton, 6–9

1 – Coy Daphne Fled from Phoebus’ Hot Pursuit: John Danyel’s Songs (1606) Interpreted as the Story of Apollo and Daphne
with Appendix: Notes to “Like as the Lute” (IV), 10–21

2 – The Deep Abyss of Hell Or Bedlam Revisited: A Brief History of English Mad Songs of the 17th Century
with Appendix: English Mad Songs of the 17th Century – A Brief Checklist, 22–71

3 – The Fair Singer: A Survey of a Genre of English 17th-Century Song
with Appendix: The Fair Singer – A Checklist of Songs on this Theme, 72–91

4 – I Saw Fair Cloris Walk Alone. A Study in Text Transmission Over a Hundred Years, 92–101

5 – Take, Oh Take, Those Lips Away. A Study in the Varieties of English Song Setting Over 400 Years, 102–115

6 – Mock Songs. A Forlorn Attempt to Keep Italian Composers Away from Native Shores by Using the English Secret Weapon: Humour, 116–131

7 – Mistress Anne Bracegirdle’s “Passionate Postures”
with Appendix: The Passions: Reference Works, 132–155

8 – Elegy. A Study of Two Parallel Traditions in the Use of Music for Mourning and Consolation
with Appendix: Elegies I have known and Loved, 156–171

9 – Chromatic Ululation, 171–197


Publication list of Anthony Rooley
Bibliography 199
Discography 201


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