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Coventry Carol

First line:
Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child
author of text
1534; The Pageant of the Shearman and Tailors

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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Track 6 on CDA66263 [3'22]
Track 6 on CDGIM010 [3'17]
Track 5 on CDGIM202 CD1 [3'17] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 4 on CDH55443 [2'43]
Track 9 on SIGCD291 [3'23] Download only
Track 7 on SIGCD502 [2'45] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDH55443 track 4

Recording date
13 February 2001
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Epiphany at St Paul's (CDA67269)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: January 2002
    Deletion date: November 2010
    Superseded by CDH55443
  2. Epiphany at St Paul's (CDH55443)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: October 2011
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