By Matthew Locke, published 1666.

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First Reading

Michael Robinson  •  Link

Locke, Matthew, 1621 or 2-1677.

Modern church-musick pre-accus’d, censur’d, and obstructed in its performance before His Majesty, Aprill 1. 1666. Vindicated by the author Matt. Lock, composer in ordinary to His Majesty.
[London : s.n., 1666]

fo., [4] p. : music
Wing (2nd ed.), L2775

The performance was obstructed when, in protest at the novelty of a different setting for each repetition of the Kyrie, the choristers had deliberately sabotaged the singing.
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Second Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

A copy of Matthew Lock's 'Responses to the Ten Commandments,' as sung by Mr. Pepys and his merry guests on that Sunday afternoon, is one of the treasures at Great Russell Street. Its full title is:
Modern Church-Musick, Pre-accus'd, Censur'd, and Obstructed in its Performance before His Majesty, Aprill 1. 1666. Vindicated by the Author Matt. Lock, Composer in Ordinary to His Majesty. [1666.]
In this publication, which occupies one large sheet of four pages, Lock has furnished different music for all 'The Responses to the Ten Com'mandements.' This innovation being a total departure from the ordinary repetition method of singing the responses, met with the disapproval of and outspoken remonstrance from the choir. Lock concludes his angry outburst thus: 'In fine, this Vindication offers at no more, than denying those to be Judges in Science, who are ignorant of its Principles.' The Responses are followed by the Nicene Creed, which, with the Vindication, completes the four folio pages of this interesting and very rare publication, one that perhaps was privately printed, as no publisher's name appears thereupon.…

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Modern church-musick pre-accus'd, censur'd and obstructed in its performance before His Majesty, Aprill 1, 1666 vindicated by the author, Matt. Lock ...
Locke, Matthew, 1621 or 2-1677.
[London: s.n., 1666]
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