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Mater ora filium

15th-century English
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This work seems to have had a liturgical function, appearing as the only polyphonic item in a Gradual of Sarum chant, and is based on a cantus firmus in the middle voice. The musical style features a lively top voice. Only brief, the work has great charm; the pleasing arch structure is given some fine surface detail in the form of a four-against-three rhythmic group, a false relation (B flat against B natural) and a decorative group of 5 notes in the time of 4 at the final cadence.

from notes by Geoffrey Webber © 2006


All the ends of the earth
SIGCD070Download only
The Spirits of England & France, Vol. 5


Track 16 on CDH55285 [1'23]
Track 15 on SIGCD070 [1'09] Download only

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