Ancient Groove Music specialises in producing bespoke editions of sacred choral music, as well as other vocal and ensemble works, with high standards of music engraving, academic rigour and performability. We typeset manuscripts, research original source material, and produce editions to customers' specifications. The catalogue consists of scholarly editions, from the Renaissance through the Baroque to more recent works, designed by performers for performers. We also publish books on music and literature written by musicians. Wherever possible, we strive to meet the recommendations in British Standard BS 4754:1982 for the presentation of music scores and parts.
We provide music for cathedral, collegiate and church choirs, including King's College, Cambridge; choral societies and concert groups in the UK and throughout the rest of the world, as well as leading professional ensembles such as The Gabrieli Consort and The Sixteen. We will also consider commissions and suggestions for additions to the catalogue, as well as 'bespoke' editions to your specifications. We are happy to provide customized editions in different keys, for different forces, with different texts! If you have any questions about the music or any of the information on our website, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Highlights of our church music collection include an authentic edition of Allegri's Miserere mei, and an essay detailing the research is included on this site. Recent research has uncovered a fifth vocal part for Casciolini's Stabat mater dolorosa, previously published with only four parts!
A major new collection of the complete sacred works of Antonio Lotti (1667 - 1740) is underway; this includes a cappella masses and motets, as well as concert works for chorus and orchestra, such as the Missa Sapientiae, the Credo in F and Requiem.
Recent additions to the catalogue include Verse Anthems by Thomas Wilkinson (fl. 1575 - 1612); an English language edition of the St. John Passion by Victoria; and a reconstruction of Quemadmodum by Taverner. We also have a series of Latin Magnificat and Nunc dimittis settings by Lassus, Palestrina, Tallis and others.
We have also been involved in producing premiere recordings of some of the works in our catalogue. Unfamiliar works for which no recording exists have been given computer-generated audio renderings. Samples pages of our scores are available.
Ancient Groove Music also offers a selection of essays on music, free ebooks, including John Redford's morality play, c.1540, The Play of Wit and Science. Essays on this site include a description of the various ways in which the Lord's Prayer was set to music in Tudor times; and a study of the text of the poem Nolo mortem peccatoris. There is also some free sheet music, showing the quality of our work.
Ancient Groove Music publishes an edition of A Plain and Easie Introduction to Practical Musicke by Thomas Morley. Printed in 1597 by one of England's greatest Tudor composers, it was the first book to be written in English on the subject of music. It is presented in standardized spelling, and fully annotated with the original woodcut engravings and examples.
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