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Track(s) taken from CDGIM010

Coventry Carol

First line:
Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child
composer
1580s
author of text
1534; The Pageant of the Shearman and Tailors

The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Recording details: Unknown
Salle Church, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Engineered by Mike Clements
Release date: November 1986
Total duration: 3 minutes 17 seconds

Cover artwork: The Adoration of the Kings by Gérard David (active 1484-1523)
Reproduced by permission of The Trustees, The National Gallery, London
 
The Coventry Carol
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Coventry Carol  Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child  [3'17]

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Reviews

'The three medieval carols sung by male voices … are instantly attractive, whilst the one with a soprano line … though rhythmically complex, is amusing in its musical mazing … Ave Maria appears for four voices by Josquin Desprez, for seven voices by Philippe Verdelot and for four voices and for double choir by Victoria. The continuous sostenuto of the first two settings produces some delicious mild metal in the voices … a lovely record, beside which much of our accustomed Christmas musical fare seems meretricious' (Gramophone)
The only surviving source for the anonymous Coventry Carol is a facsimile of a manuscript dating from 1591, which appeared in Thomas Sharp’s Dissertation on the Pageants at Coventry in 1825. The carol forms a section of a scene in which Herod’s soldiers arrive to slay the innocent children as part of the Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors. The Coventry plays were seen by royalty: in 1456, by Margaret, queen of Henry VI; by Richard III in 1484 and by Henry VII in 1492. The tune is thought to date from the 1580s, although the text is by Robert Croo and dates from 1534.

from notes by William McVicker © 2002

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