The object of the present study is to present a preliminary survey of the manuscripts listed on the title -page, to investigate what is known of Derick Gerarde's life and to discuss his known compositions. So far as is known these manuscripts have received little attention and the compositions of Gerarde have not hitherto been transcribed. Many questions raised here are of necessity left unanswered; further research may produce the ans.:er to some of them, but in the nature of this type of survey satisfactory answers can not always be expected.
Mention is made of Gerarde in several standard works of reference, in particular those of Eitner, Vannes and Grove; they are listed in full in the bibliography to this study. More important are Hughes-Hughes catalogue of Manuscripts in the British Museum and the article on Gerarde by Denis Arnold in 'Die Musik in Geschichte and Gegenwart'.
My biggest debt is, however, to Charles van den Borren's book 'Les musiciens belges en Angleterre...' and to Reese's monumental work 'Music in the Renaissance' which is quoted extensively.
The importance of Gerarde is closely connected with the fact that he was, it may be assumed, a Fleming who was at work in England at about the time that the Flemish style was being adopted by English composers. The influence of continental music and musicians on English composers of the early sixteenth century is a fascinating subject which has received only a little attention so far. It is hoped that this study may help to reduce the extent of the unexplored areas of the period, if only by a small amount.