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Ecce mitto angelum

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Responsory at the entrance into the church, for the coronations of Lancastrian kings

 
Since we know that the entry into Notre-Dame of Paris for the French Coronation of Henry VI on 16 December 1431 was accompanied by the antiphon Ecce mitto angelum, this seems an impeccable curtain-raiser for a group of pieces that can perhaps be associated with that great dynastic event. The version of the chant recorded here comes from the so-called Liber regie capelle, a manuscript now in Evora, Portugal, that details Lancastrian royal ceremony including the coronation rite for Lancastrian kings. The fact that this book was copied (by the Dean of the Chapel Royal) for Count Alvaro Vaz d’Almada, a Portuguese Knight of the Garter, speaks vividly both of the brilliant ceremonial and of the international success of the Lancastrian dynastic project, which had evidently engendered a desire to copy its rituals in courtly settings far from its actual seat of power.

from notes by Andrew Kirkman & Philip Weller © 2017

Recordings

Music for the 100 Years' War
Studio Master: CDA68170Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 13 on CDA68170 [3'04]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68170 track 13

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-17-17013
Duration
3'04
Recording date
9 January 2016
Recording venue
Ascot Priory, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. Music for the 100 Years' War (CDA68170)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: April 2017
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