A Short Historical Account of the Degrees in Music at Oxford and Cambridge - With a Chronological List of Graduates in that Facu View larger

A Short Historical Account of the Degrees in Music at Oxford and Cambridge - With a Chronological List of Graduates in that Facu

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C. F. Abdy Williams’ history of musical studies at Cambridge and Oxford universities stretching back to 1463.

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C. F. Abdy Williams


C. F. Abdy Williams (1855–1923), a noted music scholar, traced the history of the discipline at Oxford and Cambridge from the fifteenth century to the late Victorian period in this 1894 book. He discusses the earliest records of degrees in the subject, the establishment of professorships, the requirements for degrees and the ceremonies associated with their conferral. He provides biographical information for graduates from as early as 1463, noting that English music of this early period was in a very advanced stage compared to that of the rest of Europe. He also includes, in an appendix, the names of those persons who are mentioned as graduates but whose names do not appear in the university records. His book reveals the importance attached to the cultivation of music at the ancient British universities and the prestige attached to their scholars over several centuries.


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Contents

  • 1. The origin of academical degrees in general
  • 2. The earliest records of degrees in music
  • 3. Early musical study at the Universities-Boethius
  • 4. The music act, music speech or lecture, and music school
  • 5. The establishment of professors of music at the universities
  • 6. Development of the modern requirements for musical degrees
  • 7. The cultivation of music at the universities
  • 8. Academical dress, degree ceremonies, feasts, an early examination for the B. A. degree.

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