Tallis & Byrd: Masses for Uncertain Times
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Church of St. Mary the Virgin (145 W. 46th Street)
Thomas Tallis: Mass for Four Voices
William Byrd: Mass for Four Voices
John Plummer: Missa Sine nomine – New York premiere
Richard Rodney Bennett (1936-2012): A Colloquy with God – New York premiere
Andrew Smith (b. 1970): Kyrie Cunctipotens genitor Deus – New York premiere
Gabriel Jackson (b. 1962): Ite missa est – New York premiere
Read this concert's full program notes, including texts and translations.
THIS EVENT HAS ALREADY OCCURED IN A PREVIOUS SEASON!
New York Polyphony returns to Miller’s series with a performance of Tallis and Byrd’s uniquely intimate masses for four voices. Written during a time of religious turbulence in England, these settings of the traditional Latin mass text were intended for modest forces and favor a beautifully simple, straightforward style. Composed late in the 16th century, Byrd’s mass was an act of courage, written for secret use by fellow Catholics forced underground by the prevailing monarchy. The program is rounded out with a handful of brief sacred works from the 15th century to the present.
Listen to William Byrd's Ave Verum Corpus from New York Polyphony's album Tudor City
Listen to Thomas Tallis's Audivi Vocem from New York Polyphony's album Tudor City
New York Polyphony Open Rehearsal
Monday, January 7, 5:00 p.m.
Photo by Joanne Bouknight
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