This little book is not intended at all as a directory; the purpose is, by a judicious selection of the alumni of Cambridge University, to show what a remarkable contribution these men have made during the five centuries under review to the musical and therefore spiritual life of their country. It is the more remarkable when one remembers that from the Reformation until the time of Stanford as Professor, from 1539 to 1887, there was no organised instruction whatever. It is clear that the great musical colleges, Clare first and then King's, St John's and Trinity, poured forth from their chapels able men in each century to direct the music in the Chapel Royal, the cathedrals and churches of the land. There is no other institution in the world, save Oxford, that has anything like it to show. It is fashionable to favour some centuries more than others, but it will be seen that however disturbed socially or politically the country may have been, and however powerful the introduction of foreigners by monarchs such as Henry VIII, . Charles II, George I and II and Victoria may have been, a glance at the great names each period has to offer and the superb flowering of the renaissance at the end of the nineteenth century, leaves no doubt that a school of music in every branch of the art is to be found among Cambridge men today.
First Edition; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; Red titles spine; b/w. illust. frontis. photo.; Edges slightly foxed; Endpapers browned, text has scattered foxing, but mostly clean; Library bookplate inside front cover (stamped "withdrawn") & number to spine & reverse title page; Includes bibliography.
Author Smith, W. J.
Publisher W. Heffer & Sons Ltd.; Cambridge
Condition Very Good Condition
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