The Reformation in the sixteenth century meant that there was no place left for chant-based polyphonic organ music, but just as the Latin Mass and motet were replaced by the English anthem and service, so too was the Catholic organ repertoire replaced by 'verse' and 'voluntary'. The use of 'voluntary' to describe organ music used liturgically in the latter part of the seventeenth century has led to a more general association of voluntary, verse and other contrapuntal genres with the organ and therefore with church music. Fantasias and voluntaries provided an opportunity to work in a polyphonic idiom free of chant or any other pre-existing material. In terms of both virginal and organ music there was a remarkable consistency throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. From the middle of the seventeenth century, writing for keyboard music intended for harpsichord or virginal became much more idiomatic, reflecting French style in terms of ornamentation.
|Title of host publication
|Studies in English Organ Music
|Place of Publication
|Taylor & Francis
|Number of pages
|Published - 21 Jun 2018
|Ashgate Historical Keyboard Music Series