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Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548 – 1611): Surrexit Pastor Bonus

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October 25, 2014

Tomás Luis de Victoria's  six-part Paschal motet Surrexit Pastor bonus is a favourite of mine. It's sung below by La Grande Chapelle. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Crux Fidelis

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October 24, 2014

Crux Fidelis is by Saint Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus (c530-c609) it's part of his hymn beginning Pange lingua ('Sing, my tongue'). It's sung on Good Friday during the Adoration of the Cross, during Holy Week, and on feasts of the Cross. It's sung below by I Cantori della Resurrezione directed by Antonio Sanna. Enjoy :-)

mfi

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William Byrd (±1539-1623): Non vos relinquam (SSATB)

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October 23, 2014

Non vos relinquam is one of the motets from the 1607 Gradualia. It's a five-part setting (SSATB) whose simple and flowing style conceals some very complex counterpoint. Whenever I listen to it I marvel at how Byrd wove the alleluias into the fabric of the piece and how he manages to portray the Apostles' mixed feelings of sadness at Christ's departure coupled with their joy at the knowledge of their salvation. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Wednesday Earwig – Drakensberg Boys Choir: Let the River Run

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October 22, 2014

Celebrating 4000 Facebook likes!
Let the River Run as recorded on our campus in 2012 - music and lyrics by Carly Simon.

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William, Monk of Stratford: Magnificat a 4

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October 21, 2014

I can tell you almost nothing about William Stratford he's described in the Eton Choirbook as 'monachus Stratfordiae' which means he must have been a a monk of the Cistercian abbey of Stratford-atte-Bowe in what is now East London. His  four-part setting of the Magnificat is one of the very few settings in the Eton Choirbook to have survived in its entirety as you might expect it's written in the florid style of the late 15th century.  Enjoy :-).

mfi

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