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ANDREWS, Herbert Kennedy (1904-1965)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1249 Andrews
Held at: Royal College of Music
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Full title: ANDREWS, Herbert Kennedy (1904-1965)
Date(s): 1950-1965
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 7 boxes
Name of creator(s): Andrews | Herbert Kennedy | 1904-1965 | musicologist, teacher, organist and composer


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born Comber, Co Down, 10 Aug 1904; educated Bedford School and Royal College of Music, London; doctorates of music at Trinity College, Dublin, and New College, Oxford; organist and choirmaster, Beverley Minster, 1934-1938; appointed organist, New College, Oxford, 1938; remainder of career spent at Oxford, as a lecturer in music and subsequently Fellow of New College and Balliol, and also taught at the RCM.; died Oxford, 10 Oct 1965. Selected publications: The Oxford Harmony, vol 2 (Oxford University Press, London, 1950); An Introduction to the Technique of Palestrina (Novello and Co, London, 1958); The Technique of Byrd's Vocal Polyphony (Oxford University Press, London, 1966); articles on early polyphonic music, particularly of William Byrd.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Herbert Kennedy (H K) Andrews, 1950-1965, comprising typescript and proofs of his The Technique of Byrd's Vocal Polyphony (Oxford University Press, London, 1966); papers, 1957, relating to 'Fourteenth-Century Polyphony in a Fountains Abbey MS Book', Music and Letters, 39 (1958) by Andrews and Robert Thurston Dart, with offprints of article, correspondence between Andrews, Dart and Eric Blom, editor of Music and Letters, and including photographs of Fountains Abbey Ms 23; typescript notes and correspondence, 1963-1965, regarding the music publications of William Byrd and library sources of the same, with offprints and notes relating to Andrews' article, 'Printed Sources of William Byrd's ''Psalmes, Sonets and Songs''', Music and Letters, 44 (1963), and including a photocopy of the superius part book of Cantiones sacrae by Thomas Tallis and William Byrd (1575); notes and correspondence with Dart, 1960, regarding `A ballet on the death of the cardynall', manuscript in Ripon Cathedral Library, with transcriptions and photographs of the manuscript; typescript of his article `Counterpoint, harmony and tonality' for the Oxford Junior Encyclopaedia, with related correspondence on the withdrawal by Andrews on its publication, 1953; typescript of his `The formation, fulfilment and decline of the classical language of music', Cramb lectures, University of Glasgow, 1954; manuscript of his `The interpretation of 16th century polyphony', Crees lectures, 1963; manuscript and typescript of `The editing and perfomrance of English vocal polyphony of the late 16th century and early 17th century, first chapter only of an unpublished book.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Byrd's Vocal Polyphony: typescript in boxes A and B; galley proofs of music examples in box C; page proofs of text in box D; various articles and lectures, box E; Fountains Abbey material, box F; William Byrd material, box G.

Conditions governing access:

Usual conditions of the Library of the Royal College of Music apply. See the RCM website or contact the RCM Library for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying is permitted at the discretion of the Archivist for research purposes only.

Finding aids:

The collection is uncatalogued.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Not known

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

The music manuscript `A ballet on the death of the cardynall' was subsequently published as Ballad on the death of Cardinal Wolsey (Stainer and Bell, London, 1960).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Robert Baxter as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project. Sources: article on Andrews by Peter Clulow, Grove Dictionary of Music.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jun 2001

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