Six Short Motets
Editor: Edited by Derek Harrison
for two tenors (d-g') and continuo
The Six Short Motets 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 normal 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.