Performers: Catherine King (alto), Steven Harrold (tenor), Julian Podger (tenor), Leigh Nixon (tenor), Stephen Charlesworth (baritone), Donald Greig (baritone), Henry Wickham (baritone), Shirley Rumsey (lute), Christopher Wilson (lute), Christopher Page (lute)
Playing time: 66'
Recording date: July 1996
The 4-voice anonymous English Missa Caput (c.1440) is one of the most famous of the early cantus firmus masses. It was once ascribed to Dufay, but no longer. It is interspersed with a recently discovered monophonic Latin poem (sung by 4 voices in unison here) describing the imaginary discovery of the Salve Regina antiphon (an unusual choice, to be sure). Also included are some 15th century carols and more ordinary Latin polyphony.
The next volume in this series, devoted to closely related music:
A couple of other recordings devoted to anonymous English cantus firmus masses of the period:
A recording devoted to perhaps the best-known English composer of the mid-15th century, Walter Frye, including a mass of somewhat similar construction:
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