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Quam pulchra es

author of text
Song of Songs

Marian texts remained as popular as ever in England during the fifteenth century, and Quam pulchra es by John Dunstaple (d1453) reflects one of the common Christian interpretations of the Song of Songs as referring to the Blessed Virgin. The deeply personal and sensuous imagery of the text is conveyed in a direct, mostly syllabic musical style through which the composer clearly relishes the Latin poetry. Dunstaple sets the crucial text “Veni, dilecte mi” with rests, pauses and chromatic colour; such music presents a very contrasted atmosphere to the more austere and impersonal liturgical world of much medieval repertoire.

from notes by Geoffrey Webber © 2006


All the ends of the earth
SIGCD070Download only


Track 8 on SIGCD070 [2'31] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD070 track 8

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 8
    Release date: January 2006
    Download only
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