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Veni Sancte Spiritus / Veni creator Spiritus

composer
4vv
author of text

 
Frank Harrison long ago proposed that Dunstaple’s motet Veni Sancte Spiritus / Veni creator Spiritus and the same composer’s now-fragmentary Mass on Da gaudiorum premia might have been composed directly for the Notre-Dame coronation in 1431. While the demonstrably earlier copying of the motet and its direct structural parallel with Preco preheminencie, plus the likely performance role of both in the routine ritual devotions of Henry V’s chapel, undermine this hypothesis, it may yet be the case that both it and the Mass were indeed performed there. (The same might equally be true also of the boy Henry’s earlier English coronation, held at Westminster in November 1429.)

The hymn Veni creator was, as Harrison, Hughes and Wright all noted, an essential component of the coronation ritual; and the words of the verse of the Trinity respond quoted in the tenor of the Mass would have been exactly fitting for the occasion: ‘Give the rewards of joy, give the gifts of grace; loosen the chains of strife, tighten the bonds of peace’. Indeed, the relationship between motet and Mass may be closer still: the liturgical Da gaudiorum text seems itself to have been lifted (as Wright noted) from a recension of the Veni creator hymn, the very source which supplied Dunstaple with much textual and melodic material for his great motet.

from notes by Andrew Kirkman & Philip Weller © 2017

Recordings

Music for the 100 Years' War
Studio Master: CDA68170Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 17 on CDA68170 [5'16]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68170 track 17

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-17-17017
Duration
5'16
Recording date
9 January 2016
Recording venue
Ascot Priory, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. Music for the 100 Years' War (CDA68170)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: April 2017
  2. Hyperion monthly sampler - April 2017 (HYP201704)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: April 2017
    Download-only sampler
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