ABSTRACT

As has already been noted TLS placed Renaissance polyphony second only in importance to plainchant in the canon of church music. So, given that TLS was in many ways the culmination of some 30 years’ lobbying by Cecilians, it is no surprise to find that there was a considerable spurt of interest in the revival of the genre. In England the leading figure associated with the movement was Sir Richard Terry (1866-1938). Terry, of course, did not create the Renaissance polyphonic revival. He built on work already undertaken by British Cecilians and their predecessors, such as John Moore Capes and James Burns. Even in his own day others, for example Edwin Bonney at Ushaw or William Sewell and Henry B. Collins at the Birmingham Oratory, promoted such music alongside him. However, his position at Westminster gave him a much higher profile, and this helped him give the movement a distinctively English Catholic twist.