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In nomine IV a 7


There are over 300 extant examples of In nomines composed by British composers in the 16th & 17th centuries, perhaps the most popular being Robert Parsons’s five-part example. However, Parsons (1535-1572) also wrote two magnificent seven-part In nomines. There are only three examples of complete seven-part In nomines that have survived: Parsons’ two examples and Henry Purcell’s, that comes at the end of his exploration of the viol consort repertory of Fantazias and In nomines.

Both of Parsons’s seven-part In nomines are found in a huge ‘table book’, now in the British Library. It is called A booke of In nomines & other solfainge songes of v: vi: vii: & viii: parts for voyces or instrumentes. Interestingly, there are no eight-part pieces. I think the young Purcell saw this book, as the title to the second part of the manuscript where he wrote his immortal Fantazies, also in the British Library, echoes the earlier work: Here Begineth ye 6, 7 & 8 part Fantazias. Again, there are no eight-part pieces.

But in other respects the music is very different: Purcell calls for two high treble viols, three tenor viols and two basses, with the cantus firmus in the middle of the texture; while Parsons places the tune at the top of the texture for both works, and has a combination of low viols to weave an extraordinary polyphonic texture beneath.

from notes by Richard Boothby © 2019


In nomine II
Studio Master: SIGCD576Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 2 on SIGCD576 [2'29] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD576 track 2

Recording date
16 June 2018
Recording venue
St Mary Magdalen, Sherborne, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Hunter
Recording engineer
Adrian Hunter
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  1. Hyperion sampler - November 2019 Vol. 1 (HYP201911A)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: November 2019
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  2. In nomine II (SIGCD576)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: November 2019
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