The source of Gemma nitens (O shining jewel) is a manuscript in the archives of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, (MS 512), it’s a two part piece in honour of The Virgin composed for the feast of The Annunciation and in its time would have been one of many pieces of music dedicated to her in a land whose devotion to her cult was renowned throughout Christendom. The music’s simplicity and melodic idiom allows it to reflect and express the text in a surprisingly warm and appealing manner. Enjoy :-).
Gemma nitens, sole splendidior clariorque die
O shining jewel, more brilliant
- The Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge directed by Geoffrey Webber.