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Matins for the feast of St Kentigern : Work information

Anon ( Music, Images,)
Performed by
William Taylor (Harp), Rebecca Tavener (Percussion), Cappella Nova, Alan Tavener (Conductor)

This work

Work name
Matins for the feast of St Kentigern
Work number

This recording

Jeremy Birchall
Philip Hobbs
Recording date
1997-01-01 01:00:00

The Composers


A piece of music is attributed to "Anon" if we do not know who wrote it. There are several ways this can happen.

Some music, particularly folk songs, have been handed down for centuries without being written down. Presumably someone composed them, but by the time people like Bartók, Vaughan Williams and Percy Grainger  went around collecting folk songs, many attributed the tunes as "traditional". Thanks to the "Chinese Whispers" effect of passing on a tune by ear, the music had been shaped and changed with the times.

There are also written pieces that are difficult to identify. Before photocopiers existed, most music was copied by hand, making the age of the paper and handwriting not reliable indicators of age or provenance. If the title page gets lost, we can only listen to the music to see if the style is familiar. If the work is by somebody obscure, or if it isn't a good example of their work, it becomes more difficult to identify.

Copyright violation was abundant in the classical period, with many copying pieces and pretending that they had written them, or producing forgeries of the works of famous composers. As with paintings, once a piece has been identified as a fake, it can be virtually impossible to work out the composer.

There is a lot of debate about certain "anonymous" works. There are claims that "Greensleeves" was written by King Henry VIII although, having listened to some of the other things attributed to him, this seems rather unlikely. One must use a good sense of judgment and have a good musical ear to properly attribute these anonymous works to a particular composer.

Related: folk Traditional

Track listing

  • Incitatorium: Celestis Regem Patrie & Venite 8:18 min
  • Collect For St. Kentigern 0:51 min
  • Lectio I. Preclarus Dei Confessor Kentegernus 2:32 min
  • Responsorium I. Christi Miles Kentegernus 2:43 min
  • Lectio II. Nam A Primeva 2:00 min
  • Responsorium II. Mirantes Pavent Emuli 2:31 min
  • Lectio III. Erat Igitur 3:04 min
  • Responsorium III. Qui Elixas Condiebat 2:54 min
  • Lectio IV. Supradicti Vero Refectorii 1:32 min
  • Responsorium IV. Olim Fete Archam Dei 3:09 min
  • Lectio V. Illi Autem Excitati 2:10 min
  • Responsorium V. Cultro Lupi Exaratus 2:58 min
  • Lectio VI. Nec Mirum, Dilectissimi Fratres 2:25 min
  • Responsorium VI. Crudi Moris Rex Infaustus 5:24 min
  • Lectio VII. Cocum Autem Sancti Servani 1:44 min
  • Responsorium VII. Aporia Ingruente 2:34 min
  • Lectio VIII. Sanctus Igitur Servanus 2:06 min
  • Responsorium VIII. Crudenti In Ferugine 2:58 min
  • Lectio IX. Redivivus Autem Cocus 5:07 min
  • Responsorium IX. Jubente Petrus Domino & Prosa Gens Cambrina 6:45 min