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date: 20 November 2019

Garnesey [John]locked

  • Roger Bowers



(bc1415; d Wells, 1459). English church musician and composer. He is probably to be identified with the John Garnesey who served as a vicar choral of Wells Cathedral from 1443 to 1458 and (most unusually) was promoted to a residentiary canonry there just a year prior to his death in 1459. His sole surviving work is a setting of Laudes Deo, a troped lesson sung in the Sarum Use during the Mass ‘at Cock-crow’ on Christmas Day; the work is preserved in GB-Cmc Pepys 1236. In the Sarum missal the performance of this lesson is deputed to two clerici, and Garnesey supplied two-part polyphony. It is a suave and resourceful if somewhat extended exercise in manipulation of the imperfect consonances of the 3rd and 6th. Freedom is preferred to rigour in compositional approach; reference to the chant is perfunctory and soon abandoned.

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Cambridge, Magdalene College, Pepys Library
F.Ll. Harrison: Music in Medieval Britain (London, 1958, 4/1980)