Antico Edition RCM112
Renaissance Church Music
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Title: Terrenum sitiens regnum;
Ave vulnus lateris
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Composer: Edward (Hedley?); Walter Erle
Editor: Nick Sandon
Reference: RCM112
Price (GBP): 5.50
Description: The ‘Edwarde’ to whom Terrenum sitiens is ascribed is probably the Edward Hedley who sang in the choir of Magdalen College, Oxford in the 1530s. This, his only known composition, is exceptional both for its subject matter—the massacre of the Holy Innocents—and for its refrain form which relates it more to the carol and responsory than to the votive antiphon. Walter Erle’s outstandingly successful career as a courtier to Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary and Elizabeth (traced in some detail in the introduction to this edition) enabled him to found a dynasty of substantial landed gentry which survives to the present day. His chief musical talent seems to have been as a keyboard player, but this short votive antiphon in honour of one of the five wounds of Jesus shows fluency and an understanding of the vocal medium; it may have been sung by a small group of chamber singers rather than by a larger ecclesiastical choir. SATTB. xvi + 27 pages. ISMN 979-0-57039-119-6.

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