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Gaude plurimum

The function of Marian antiphons such as Gaude plurimum was devotional rather than liturgical; their performance after the end of the office of Compline was written into the statutes of various educational foundations such as Eton College, King’s College, Cambridge, and, in 1525, Cardinal College, Oxford, where antiphons to the Trinity and to St William of York were specified in addition to the customary Marian ones. Judging by the number of sources in which it is preserved, Gaude plurimum was held in especially high regard in the sixteenth century. Drawing on traditions established some decades earlier, Taverner generated a musical structure out of the contrast between passages scored for two or three voices and those for sonorous five-part choir, and thereby lent a sense of direction to this extended and effusive text. Much of the writing is imitative in style and concentrated in manner, with melismas generally being reserved for the conclusion of each section.

from notes by Sally Dunkley © 2000

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Details for CDH55051 track 1
Recording date
10 February 1989
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Taverner: Missa Corona spinea & other sacred music (CDA66360)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: September 1989
    Deletion date: April 2000
    Superseded by CDH55051
  2. Taverner: Missa Corona spinea & other sacred music (CDH55051)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: April 2000
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
  3. The Sixteen & The Golden Age of Polyphony (CDS44401/10)
    Disc 2 Track 8
    Release date: November 2009
    10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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