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Large folio choirbooks sitting on a lectern were the default format used by singers throughout central and western Europe in the later middle ages. Changing attitudes towards the use of sacred space and towards the roles of church song at the Reformation led to the demise of folio choirbooks in the firmly Protestant lands in Calvinist northern Europe and Elizabethan England; but in Catholic Europe they persisted for many decades (in the case of Spain, into the twentieth century). This parting of the ways is seldom remarked in the existing scholarship, and very rarely explored in terms of performance practice. Very few ensembles have tried to sing ad lectrinam, and yet experiments in lectern singing have proved remarkably fruitful, transforming singers' experiences and behaviours.
Author(s): Williamson M
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of the Alamire Foundation
Pages: 117-131, 135 (plate)
Print publication date: 01/10/2015
Acceptance date: 12/06/2015
Date deposited: 08/10/2015