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Mater ora filium

15th-century English
author of text

This work seems to have had a liturgical function, appearing as the only polyphonic item in a Gradual of Sarum chant, and is based on a cantus firmus in the middle voice. The musical style features a lively top voice. Only brief, the work has great charm; the pleasing arch structure is given some fine surface detail in the form of a four-against-three rhythmic group, a false relation (B flat against B natural) and a decorative group of 5 notes in the time of 4 at the final cadence.

from notes by Geoffrey Webber 2006


All the ends of the earth
SIGCD070Download only
The Spirits of England & France, Vol. 5


Track 16 on CDH55285 [1'23]
Track 15 on SIGCD070 [1'09] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA66919 track 16

Recording date
17 July 1996
Recording venue
Rickmansworth Masonic School Chapel, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. The Spirits of England & France, Vol. 5 (CDA66919)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: April 1997
    Deletion date: June 2006
    Superseded by CDH55285
  2. The Spirits of England & France, Vol. 5 (CDH55285)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: January 2011
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