300153: Six Motets for two tenors and continuo
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O Nomen Jesu
Jesu, Rex admirabilis
Jeffreys’ work consists of a substantial body of mainly vocal music, most of it sacred. The three pieces in this edition are taken from a series of pieces headed ‘Mottects’. They could well have served as anthems in an act of public worship, or as a contribution to private devotions in a formal setting such as that of the royal court, or an aristocratic house. All show the influence of the new Italian style which Jeffreys admired - he made manuscript copies of over one hundred sacred works by Carissimi, Grandi, Reggio and others, contained in BM Add MS 31479, as well as of a quantity of secular Italian music, to be found in Christ Church Oxford, MS 787-80.