Franz Tunder (1614-1667): Ach Herr, laß deine lieben Engelein

Bach used the text to Tunder’s cantata Ach Herr, laß deine lieben Engelein (O lord, let Thy dear angels) in the closing chorale of Bach’s St. John Passion, it’s from Schalling’s hymn Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr (Great is my love for Thee, o Lord) but there’s absolutely no resemblance between the two…

Franz Tunder (1614-1667): An Wasserflüssen Babylon

Tunder’s setting of  An Wasserflüssen Babylon (By the waters of Babylon) is one of only seventeen vocal works of his that survived.  It’s a straightforward setting that uses the chorale melody in the vocal part and surrounds it with a delicate web of instrumental counterpoint that expresses the sense of loss and exile. It’s a…

Robert White (±1538-1574): Exaudiat te Dominus

This is a strange but very lovely piece of music. White was born in London sometime around 1538 he attended Trinity College, Cambridge, in the 1550s graduating with a Mus.B. degree in 1560. He married Tye’s daughter and succeeded his father-in-law as Master of the Choristers at Ely Cathedral in 1562. Sometime 1n 1567 he…

Thomas Tallis (±1505-1585): O Lord Blessed be thy name

1641 was a momentous year in English and Irish history during that year Strafford the King’s right hand man was impeached by Parliament, tried, and executed. Archbishop Laud was imprisoned, Parliament passed The Triennial Act,  there was a major Irish Uprising,  and Parliament issued The Grand Remonstrance.  Less momentous perhaps but no less important from…