Honi soit qui mal y pense (Morel)
- Editor: Adrian Wall (submitted 2020-08-21). Score information: A4, 1 page, 6.61 MB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Transposed up a minor 3rd. Note values halved.
Title: Honi soit qui mal y pense
A canon 9 in 2 on the motto of the Order of the Garter which appears on a page inserted into a book of motets once owned by Henry VIII. The page originally came from the library of Nonsuch Palace, and dates from the investiture of Henry Fitzalan, 12th Earl of Arundell, into the Order of the Garter in 1544. It is listed in a 1609 inventory of the Nonsuch library as A songe of the Garter.
It is presented as a garter on which is written the upper 6-voice canon, surrounding a scene of St George and the dragon, with the lower 3-voice canon written on St George's lance. It bears the inscription Morel viro praeclariss' D comiti de Arundell. ("Morel to a most famous man, the Earl of Arundell"). The composer is believed to have been a musician of the Arundell household.
The page describes the piece as being for octo partib' and only shows 4 entry points (in addition to the beginning) in the upper canon rather than 5; as there are 30 bars, with entries at 5-bar intervals, it follows that there may be 6 voices in the upper canon, so 9 voices in total.
Original text and translations
Honi soit qui mal y pense.
Shame on him who thinks evil of it.