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The hymn Veni creator was, as Harrison, Hughes and Wright all noted, an essential component of the coronation ritual; and the words of the verse of the Trinity respond quoted in the tenor of the Mass would have been exactly fitting for the occasion: ‘Give the rewards of joy, give the gifts of grace; loosen the chains of strife, tighten the bonds of peace’. Indeed, the relationship between motet and Mass may be closer still: the liturgical Da gaudiorum text seems itself to have been lifted (as Wright noted) from a recension of the Veni creator hymn, the very source which supplied Dunstaple with much textual and melodic material for his great motet.
from notes by Andrew Kirkman & Philip Weller © 2017