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Renaissance Church Music
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Title: Aeternae laudis lilium RCM39 cover
Composer: Robert Fayrfax
Editor: Nick Sandon
Reference: RCM39
Price (GBP): 5.50
Description: One of a series of ten editions (RCM31–40) publishing the antiphons and anonymous Magnificats in the Lambeth choirbook. Eterne laudis lilium is almost certainly the ‘anthem of our Lady and St Elisabeth’ for which Queen Elizabeth, the wife of Henry VII, paid Fayrfax 20 shillings on Easter Monday 1502; but this payment (and presumably the antiphon’s first performance) occurred at Richmond Palace, where the queen spent Easter that year, and not, as is widely supposed, at St Alban’s Abbey. The music shows Fayrfax’s customary eloquence, restraint and highly developed harmonic sense. This edition has been transposed down a minor third to suit a five-part mixed choir: SATBarB. x + 15 pages. ISMN 979-0-57039-086-1.

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