Anthem FAQs:


Q: Is anthem a musical composition of celebration?

A: Yes, and usually used as a symbol for a distinct group, particularly the national anthems of countries.

Q: Is anthem analogous to the motet of the Roman Catholic and Lutheran Churches but represents an essentially English musical form?

A: Yes.

Q: Were anthems composed by Thomas Tallis?

A: Yes, and William Byrd, Tye, and Farrant but they were not mentioned in the Book of Common Prayer until 1662 when the famous rubric "In quires and places where they sing here followeth the Anthem" first appears.

Q: Were anthems composed by Croft?

A: Yes, and Boyce, James Kent, James Nares, Benjamin Cooke, and Samuel Arnold.

Q: Were anthems originally a form of liturgical music?

A: Yes.

Q: Are anthems included in the British coronation service?

A: Yes.

Q: Is anthem derived from the Greek ἀντίφωνα via Old English antefn?

A: Yes.

Q: Were anthems composed by Orlando Gibbons?

A: Yes, and Henry Purcell, and John Blow, with the verse anthem becoming the dominant musical form of the Restoration.