Aksel Rykkvin – Eternal Source of Light Divine

I’ve posted a few times about this very talented Norwegian treble. He sings remarkably well this is a demonstration video from his debut CD in which he sings "Eternal source of light divine" the first movement of "Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne",   Handel’s secular cantata in honour of Queen Anne’s birthday. I hope…

Maurice Green (1696 – 1755): Lord, let me know mine end

Green was an important composer in his day his music was "generally buoyant and attractively tuneful, is thus more elegant and polished than that of almost all his immediate predecessors and contemporaries" perhaps because he wrote in a more cosmopolitan style than they did. His modern reputation has suffered mostly because Burney took against him.…

Gemma nitens

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…

Ola Gjeilo: Second Eve

Who better to tell us about Second Eve than the composer himself? In some of my pieces, the text is somewhat more the servant of the music than the other way around, and Second Eve is one of those works. The music is mainly inspired by a breath-taking photography taken by one of my favorite…

Thomas Tallis (±1505-1585): Nunc dimittis a 5

This five-part (SAT[Bar]B) Latin-texted setting of the Song of Simeon is found only in the Baldwin partbooks. The fact that it’s in Latin presents problems for musical historians with tidy minds because, being in Latin, he surely wouldn’t have composed it during Edward VI’s sternly protestant reign when composers with Catholic sympathies were keeping their…