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Vox Patris caelestis
composer
possibly written for the Feast of the Assumption as celebrated at the church of St-Mary-at-Hill in the City of London
author of text
after Song of Songs

Recordings
'Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis' (CDGIM339)
Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis
Buy by post £11.75 CDGIM339 
'Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis' (GIMSE401)
Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis
Buy by post £6.75 GIMSE401  Gimell (budget price)  
'Mary and Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey' (CDA67704)
Mary and Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67704 
'Mundy: Sacred Choral Music' (CDH55086)
Mundy: Sacred Choral Music
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55086  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'The Tallis Scholars Live in Oxford' (CDGIM998)
The Tallis Scholars Live in Oxford
Buy by post £11.75 CDGIM998  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'The Sixteen & The Golden Age of Polyphony' (CDS44401/10)
The Sixteen & The Golden Age of Polyphony
Buy by post £38.50 CDS44401/10  10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
'The Tudors at Prayer' (CKD447)
The Tudors at Prayer
CKD447  Download only  
Details
Track 5 on CDH55086 [17'45] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 5 on CDS44401/10 CD10 [17'45] 10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 2 on GIMSE401 [19'16] Gimell (budget price)

Vox Patris caelestis
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Vox Patris caelestis was written during Queen Mary’s reign (1553–1558) and so is exactly contemporary with the Missa Papae Marcelli. It can be so precisely dated because it was written in a style which was unacceptable to the Protestant Tudor monarchs – Edward VI and Elizabeth I – and Mundy was too young to have written it in Henry VIII’s reign. The Catholic musical style which Mary encouraged was a very different one from the Papacy’s ideal in the 1550s: Mundy composed on an enormous scale and to him the audibility of the words was of secondary importance beside the free expansion of the melodies, though he clearly appreciated the sensual connotations of his text, which is adapted from the Song of Solomon, as in, for instance, the repetitions of the word ‘Veni’.

The underlying structure of the music is of the greatest importance to its effect, and for this reason we have printed the words divided into their sections. The solos build gradually to the three full sections, of which the last is the climax on the words ‘Veni, veni, veni: caelesti gloria coronaberis. Amen’. To build the more strongly to this last full section, the solo sections also increase in intensity, the last of them using the most spectacular scoring of voices which was available: two trebles, two means and two basses.

from notes by Peter Phillips © 1980

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Details for CDH55086 track 5
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-89-31905
Duration
17'45
Recording date
9 August 1988
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Mundy: Sacred Choral Music (CDA66319)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: July 1989
    Deletion date: September 2002
    Superseded by CDH55086
  2. Mundy: Sacred Choral Music (CDH55086)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: September 2002
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
  3. The Sixteen & The Golden Age of Polyphony (CDS44401/10)
    Disc 10 Track 5
    Release date: November 2009
    10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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