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Mundy: Venite 'in F fa ut'

Mundy: Venite 'in F fa ut'

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Publisher: Cathedral Press
ISBN: CP111

Mundy's Second Service 'in F fa ut' comprises five movements – Venite, Te Deum laudamus, and Benedictus alongside the evening canticles also published by Cathedral Press (CP104) – with the opening bars of certain movements sharing musical material. It demonstrates a distinct feeling of post-modal tonality throughout, including transitory 'modulations', whilst imitative counterpoint and antiphony are among its other notable features undoubtedly developed from the practices of continental Europe. This service, as well as Parsons's First Service, was a strong influence on Orlando Gibbons: his 'Short' Service pays homage to Mundy's 'F fa ut' setting by using the same head-motif. The Venite, here appearing in print for the first time, has its rightful place for performance in the service of Matins. However, just as John Barnard, in his Selected Church Music (1641), states that some canticles were 'many times sung instead of Anthems' the general nature of the words of its words make it eminently suitable to be used as an anthem or for recital purposes.

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