Thomas Whythorne and Tudor musicians
Nelson, Katie M. (2010) Thomas Whythorne and Tudor musicians. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.Full text not available from this repository.
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The autobiography of Tudor musician Thomas Whythorne (1528-1596) is rich with
self-exploration, social commentary and intimate storytelling. His story begins at
childhood, then progresses chronologically as he gains an education, becomes a music
master, and rubs shoulders with some of the most prominent people in England. This
rich historical source has been strangely neglected, particularly by social historians,
since its discovery in 1955.
No one in any discipline has so far attempted an overall assessment of
Whythorne the man, his work, and his significance. This is my aim. Working
outwards from a close examination of his unique manuscript (Bodleian MS.
Misc.c.330), this study hopes to shed new light on the music profession in early
modern England. Whythorne adds considerable clarity of focus to the
professionalization of music in the sixteenth century, as seen through the eyes of one
of its advocates. Chapter 1 reviews Whythorne’s own life story and compares it with
available external evidence. Chapter 2 proceeds to mine the manuscript itself for
further evidence of Whythorne’s motives and methodology, offering a number of new
hypotheses regarding the dating, content, and structure of the manuscript. Chapters 3
and 4 explore the nature of the Tudor musical profession, proposing and exploring a
‘spherical’ model of the music profession (in place of a hierarchical model). These
chapters examine the various ‘spheres’ or types of musicians in turn, comparing
Whythorne’s descriptions to external evidence. Chapter 5 then examines private
music tutors in greater depth, as this group have previously remained very shadowy
figures. Finally, Chapter 6 examines the world of early music printing in England,
and Whythorne’s pioneering place in it. It also explores the nature and function of his
self-fashioning, arguing that Whythorne constructed an identity well outside the realm
of the generic.
By viewing early modern society through Whythorne’s lens and comparing it
to contemporary sources, we can shed new light on early modern musicians in
England, and on the society in which they lived.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Whythorne, Thomas, b. 1528, Musicians -- Biography, Musicians -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century|
|Official Date:||November 2010|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of History|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Capp, B. S. ; Marshall, Peter, 1964 Oct. 16-|
|Sponsors:||University of Warwick|
|Extent:||vii, 290 leaves : ill.|
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