Feature: Mouton & Morales — Quæramus cum pastoribus

Mouton’s beautiful Christmastide motet ‘Quæramus cum pastoribus’ – the name comes from its first line ‘Quæramus cum pastoribus verbum incarnatum‘ (Let us, with the shepherds, seek the incarnate word) was a wildly popular piece of music that spread like wildfire throughout Catholic Christendom, there are copies of it to be found in churches and cathedrals…

Feature: John Taverner (±1490-1545): Leroy Kyrie

The name of Taverner’s setting of the Kyrie known as the ‘Leroy Kyrie‘ which you’ll also see written as ‘Kyrie Le Roy ‘ is generally believed to a reference to ‘Roy Henry‘, either Henry IV or – more likely, Henry V to whom some musical works are attributed in the Old Hall Manuscript. Simply by…

Feature: Thomas Tallis (±1505-1585): Miserere

Tallis’  ethereally beautiful Miserere is relatively rarely heard which is a great pity as it’s a remarkable piece of music that shows Tallis’ mastery of complex counterpoint. It’s written for seven voices and contains not one but two canons the first of these – the one between the two top voices is pretty obvious but…