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Gaude, gaude, gaude

About the Work

John Sheppard Composer: John Sheppard
© James Potter

Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria is a text appointed for Candlemas, the Feast of the Presentation, which celebrates Christ being taken to the temple by his parents in accordance with Jewish law. As is common among Marian devotion, the responsory focuses on Mary's chastity, celebrating her 'inviolate' nature as befitting the mother of God. Once again, we find in Sheppard's setting the plainsong sounded in long notes - this time in the tenor - whilst a polyphonic tapestry is weaved above and below it.