Anthem Accompaniment and Organ Management in the British Cathedral Tradition: video lecture by David Baskeyfield


Anthem accompaniment is the bread and butter of most of our Sunday mornings and is one of the foremost skills of the church organist. David Baskeyfield outlines techniques for getting the very most out of a given anthem as the organ relates to the choir, providing variously support and decoration. Additionally, he gives an account of the rather free approach to the accompaniment of psalms sung to Anglican chant in this idiom. The approach taken is linked to a particular manner of organ management which both allows flexibility in the moment and saves a lot of time in accompaniment preparation; we will examine organ management as practiced by organists in the cathedrals and collegiate churches, for whom anthem accompaniment is part of the daily routine. Worked examples are largely drawn from the Anglican tradition.

Anthem Accompaniment

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