Henry Purcell (1659-1695): O consider my adversity Z32

Purcell seems to have composed the verse anthem ‘O consider my adversity (Z32)‘ relatively late in his career. It takes its text from eight verses of Psalm 119 setting them mostly for solo trio. It’s a surprisingly large-scale work that Purcell starts by having each voice sing the opening phrase over a descending continuo line…

Thomas Tallis (±1505-1585): If ye love me

Although his sympathies were firmly Catholic Tallis wrote anthems for the reformed rites prescribed by Edward VI’s  First Prayer Book of 1549. Edward who Like all the Tudors was fond of music was an ardent Protestant. His government required church music to support the Anglican church’s exhortations to Godly living and to enchance the greater…