A Short Historical Account of the Degrees in Music at Oxford by C. F. Abdy Williams

By C. F. Abdy Williams

C. F. Abdy Williams (1855-1923), a famous track student, traced the historical past of the self-discipline at Oxford and Cambridge from the 15th century to the overdue Victorian interval during this 1894 booklet. He discusses the earliest documents of levels within the topic, the institution of professorships, the necessities for levels and the ceremonies linked to their conferral. He offers biographical info for graduates from as early as 1463, noting that English song of this early interval was once in a truly complex level in comparison to that of the remainder of Europe. He additionally comprises, in an appendix, the names of these individuals who're pointed out as graduates yet whose names don't look within the college documents. His booklet unearths the significance connected to the cultivation of track on the historical British universities and the status hooked up to their students over numerous centuries.

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Cooper. 1438. Item, una antiqua cithera. Item, una " lute 'n fracta. Inventory of Symon Beryngton, Scholar. 1448. f Item, a lewt. Inventory of John Hosear. 1463. Item, an harpe. In 1452 Robert the Harpmaker finds sureties that he will not molest Master J. Van, and that he will not enter the house of John Fytz-John at unseasonable hours. That a harpmaker could find a means of livelihood at Oxford shows that there must have been a demand for instruments. , "hornpipe"-—because it consisted of a wooden pipe with a horn at each end.

Univ. Gottingen, 1801," p. 327, &c. , Vol. , p. 6I8A. I "Oxford Univ. " § A candidate for the Doctorate in Music at Oxford was from 1626, but not before, obliged to have previously taken the Bachelor's degree. 42 DEGREES IN MUSIC. * Since 1877 no alterations of importance have been made in the Oxford Examinations, except the abolition of the compulsory performance of exercises. The Cambridge conditions have differed little from those at Oxford, with the exception that the Doctorate might, down to 1889, be taken without the candidate being already a Bachelor.!

CHAPTER VI. DEVELOPMENT OF THE MODERN REQUIREMENTS FOR MUSICAL DEGREES. I HAVE already in Chapter ii. treated of the earliest requirements of candidates for Degrees in Music. It remains to trace them down to modern times. Before the passing of Laud's statutes, the conditions seem to have been very indefinite: but these statutes enacted that seven years (the time given to apprenticeship in any trade) should be spent by the candidate in study or practice, before he was allowed to supplicate for the Bachelorship, and a further period of five years before he could obtain the Doctorate.

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