Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623): Christ Rising Again – Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum

Tewkesbury choristersWeelkes’ setting of the verse anthem ‘Christ rising’ reflects the infuence that Byrd’s setting published in 1589 in "Songs of sundrie natures" had upon the next generation. Weelkes’ anthem includes much word- painting, rising sequences, and a superb Byrd-inspired duet for trebles at ‘to life’. Like much of Weelkes’ religious music continuity and integration is achieved by Weelkes’ use of a sort of quasi-canonic writing combined with a restricted number of motifs. The final Alleluia is a remarkable piece of composition which like Weelkes’ ‘O Lord, arise into thy resting-place’ makes heavy use of compact imitation and false relations. It’s superbly sung in the music video below by the Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum. I’d be remiss not to mention by name the soloists Oliver Gay and Aaron King (trebles) and Stephen Taylor and Stephen Burrows (altos) whose singing of this far from easy peace can only be described as masterful. Enjoy :-).

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Video Source: Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623) Christ Rising Again – YouTube Published on Aug 11, 2012 by markfromireland

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