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Gemma nitens

Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, MS 512; edited by Christopher Hodkinson
author of text

This two-part piece dates from the early fourteenth century and reflects something of the common devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary during this period that extended well beyond strict liturgical observance. The text makes reference to the Annunciation, a popular Feast in Marian devotion that became associated with a variety of institutions that survive today, including pubs called the Salutation Inn, and Gonville Hall in Cambridge, dedicated to the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Edmund Gonville in 1348, now Gonville & Caius College. The simple musical language of the piece allows the direct expression of the text in a freely melodic idiom with recurring phrases and gestures.

from notes by Geoffrey Webber © 2006


All the ends of the earth
SIGCD070Download only


Track 6 on SIGCD070 [3'08] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD070 track 6

Recording date
1 September 2004
Recording venue
Ely Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Thomas Hewitt Jones
Recording engineer
Edward Bainton & Hugh Conway
Hyperion usage
  1. All the ends of the earth (SIGCD070)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: January 2006
    Download only
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