In Praise of Music: Motets, Inscriptions and Musical Philosophy in Robert Dow’s Partbooks

  title={In Praise of Music: Motets, Inscriptions and Musical Philosophy in Robert Dow’s Partbooks},
  author={Katherine Butler},
  journal={Early Music},
The Elizabethan music partbooks of Robert Dow, Fellow of All Souls, are notable not only for their elegant calligraphy but also for their inclusion of Latin inscriptions that offer praise for particular composers or comment on the nature of music. Debates surrounding these partbooks have focused on the extent to which they may, or may not, reflect Catholic sympathies on the part of Dow, but this is not the subject of Dow’s Latin inscriptions. More apparent is the contribution that these… Expand
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