Rose Cannon, England, 1516
The full title is “Double canon dedicated to Henry VIII”. Translation: ‘Hail, root, bringing forth stems of different colours from your shoot, among which one stands out, from whose top there gleams a scarlet rose, where peace and justice stand enclosed and harmonious.’
Image Dimensions: 6 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches
Matted Dimensions: 10 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches
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This motet was carefully chosen to reflect Henry’s most pressing concern at the time: to ensure the continuation of the Tudor dynasty through the birth of a son. It is a canon (or round) for four voices: two voices sing the music as written and another two sing the same melody a perfect fourth higher, beginning when the first singers reach the points marked with a sign.