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Coventry Carol
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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Details for CDGIM202 disc 1 track 5
Artists
ISRC
GB-ADM-86-00040
Duration
3'17
Recording date
Recording venue
Salle Church, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Recording engineer
Mike Clements
Hyperion usage
  1. Christmas Carols and Motets (CDGIM010)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: November 1986
  2. Christmas with The Tallis Scholars (CDGIM202)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: September 2003
    2CDs for the price of 1
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