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Henry Lawes: Sacred Music

The latest volume in the Early English Church Music series features the music of Henry Lawes (1595–1662). Admired by Milton, and the leading English songwriter of the mid-seventeenth century, Lawes also wrote church music of high quality throughout his life, for divine worship and for the Chapel Royal in particular, as well as devotional pieces associated with his role at the Caroline court of the 1630s.

At the boundary of EECM’s remit to make available church music by British composers from the Norman Conquest to the Commonwealth, and indeed ranging beyond definitions of ‘church music’ more strictly applied elsewhere in the series, this volume is somewhat different in appearance and layout from previous recent EECM editions of polyphony, while also being the first of several more planned explorations of seventeenth-century repertoire.

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