Excerpt from The Church Psalter and Hymn Book: No. I., Canticles, Psalter, Hymns
Still further to promote the convenience of Cathedral and other Churches, all the musical forms may be had with, as well as without, the Plain Chant of the Daily Service. The Plain Chant, Song, or Tune adopted at the Reformation was not a new composition, but the Canto Fermo of earlier days, stripped of the ﬂorid phrases which had supervened in the lapse of ages, and properly adjusted to the Vernacular and Reformed Service. It was set in 1544 by Archbishop Cranmer himself to the Litany, the first part of the Prayer Book used in the vulgar tongue; and afterwards in 1550 to the Daily Prayer and the Office of the Holy Communion, by John Marbeck, organist of Windsor, most probably under the superintendence of the Archbishop. In the form in which it came out of their hands, it has, with some slight variations, and with such modifications as the subsequent revisions of the Liturgy rendered necessary, been retained in our Cathedral, Collegiate, and some other Churches to the present day; two periods alone excepted.
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