Under the terms of this agreement, John Bircheley of London taught the monks plainsong, pricksong
, faburden ("fafunden") and descant, as well as organ playing and "to sett songes yf thay be dysposed to gif theymsellffe therunto," In other words, among several other duties, Bircheley was expected to teach the whole gamut of skins required of a liturgical musician to the monks, including composition.
Hearing him play I am reminded of Mercutio's description of Tybalt's fencing skills: 'He fights as you sing pricksong
As more pricksong
was acquired by the church and as more clerks and children were employed, so the Gentlemen of the Chapel Royal appeared more regularly.
21) However, further perusal of the inventory in which they were listed reveals an additional four 'bookes of pricksong
masses' held in the same place.
No entries have yet been found which describe the musical materials in use at St Stephen's, although disbursements are made at various intervals throughout the churchwardens' accounts of St Margaret's for the purchase and repairing of a number of pricksong
Though along the way Girl and "Order and Flux" might re-Cooverize a descanted pricksong
and Descants: Fictions by Robert Coover.
He has received the Rea Award for lifetime achievement in short fiction, based on such works as Pricksongs
& Descants, A Night at the Movies, and A Child Again.
A notable exception is Cristina Bacchilega, "Folktales, Fictions and Meta-Fictions: Their Interaction in Robert Coover's Pricksongs
& Descants," New York Folklore 6.
Otro ejemplo interesante y metaficcionalmente eficaz es el relato de Coover "The Elevator" (en Pricksongs
and Descants), que presenta, por un lado, una estructura con divisiones que busca evocar las plantas o pisos del edificio de oficinas en el que discurre la narracion y, por otro, ofrece una accion de subidas y bajadas alternas y reiteradas que convierte al texto en expresion simultanea del propio ascensor de la ficcion.
As Coover states in Pricksongs
and Descants in his dedication to Cervantes, all the stories of the great Spanish trailblazer of literature "exemplified the dual nature of all good narrative art: they struggled against the unconscious mythic residue in human life and sought to synthesize the unsynthesizable, sallied forth against adolescent thought-modes and exhausted art forms, and returned home with new complexities" (77).
When Coover deforms folktales (in Pricksongs
and Descants) for metafictional purposes, Jack grows up to be the giant and Red Ridinghood's sexually cynical old grandmother proves once to have been the Beauty who married the Beast.