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Track(s) taken from CDH55148

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Fayrfax Manuscript
author of text

The Hilliard Ensemble
Recording details: March 1987
St John-at-Hackney, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Robert van Bahr
Engineered by Robert van Bahr
Release date: November 1990
Total duration: 2 minutes 16 seconds

Cover artwork: The effects of good government (fresco fragment, 1337-1340) by Ambrogio Lorenzetti (d1348)
Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

A courtly partsong from the Fayrfax Manuscript, which contains many fine works in this genre together with carols devotional and satirical, by composers associated with the court of Henry VII. The whiteness and purity of the lady described in the text are aptly mirrored in the music.

from notes by Paul Hillier © 1990

Une chanson de cour du Manuscript de Fayrfax qui contient de nombreuses œuvres fort belles dans ce genre ainsi que des chants de dévotion et satiriques par des compositeurs associés à la cour de Henri VII. La blancheur et la pureté de la dame décrite dans le texte sont reflétées avec justesse dans la musique.

extrait des notes rédigées par Paul Hillier © 1990
Français: Marianne Fernée

Eine höfische Melodie aus dem Fayrfax-Manuskript, das viele gute Werke dieser Art und ausserdem fromme Jubellieder und Parodien, von Komponisten enthält, die am Hofe Heinrichs VII tätig waren. Die Makellosigkeit und Reinheit der im Text beschriebenen Dame wird von der Musik treffend wiedergespiegelt.

aus dem Begleittext von Paul Hillier © 1990
Deutsch: Hans Jürgen Wienkamp

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