In Rick Wakeman's album The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, the song Lady of the Lake serves as a (45 seconds) intermede between the first and third songs of the album. Later in the album, at the beginning of Sir Galahad, the same melody is employed (but with changed lyrics) and it also 'separates' the previous song from the next.

Here is a clip for Lady of the Lake (followed by Guinevere at 0:45):


And here is clip for Sir Galahad:


As you will notice, both 'songs' have the following characteristics:

  • They are choruses
  • They are a capella
  • They sort of 'separate' the album into different sections; they feel like some kind of intermedes to the album

I find it gives the album a very 'medieval' vibe and I really like the harmonies from the chorus (makes me feel good). So here are my questions (in no particular order):

  1. Is this type of music a 'genre'? If so, what is it called. If not, is there at least a name that describes music that has the above characterstics?
  2. Was this type of music actually used in the past (in medieval times perhaps) and if so, was it used similarly (to 'separate') or was the chorus extended to last more than one minute for example?
  3. Where could I hear something similar?

Note: I'm not asking about the genre of the whole album, but really the 45 second excerpts I've linked. Thanks in advance!

  • It's kind of somewhere between Gregorian Chant & Madrigal, though afaik, it's neither of those [I'm by no means an expert on that type of music] It is a kind of 'medieval church' music, they all were back in those days, no-one else could afford composers. See if you like this, though it also has female vocals - dewolfemusic.com/search.php?code=CjojBz&id=15355227 - Done by a friend of mine :) – Tetsujin Jul 17 at 12:45

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