Jacobus Clemens Non Papa (±1510-±1555): Heu mihi, Domine

Clemens Non Papa’s penitential motet ‘Heu mihi, Domine‘ (Alas for me Lord) is an adaptation of the Fifth respond at Matins for the Dead. It’s a Lenten motet and in it Clemens uses every single musical device that contemporaneous composers used to express sorrow for their sins. You would think that it’s a depressing piece…

Cristóbal de Morales (±1500-1553): Spem In Alium

Cristóbal de Morales was probably born in Seville around 1500. With the exception of a ten-year period between 1535 and 1545 spent in Rome he spent most of his life in Spain making music ad majorem Dei gloriam in Spanish cathdrals. His five-part of Spem in alium seems rather more French or perhap Flemish to…

Thomas Tallis (±1505-1585): Christ Rising Again

For today’s posting I’ve picked the Brabant Ensemble’s performance of Tallis’ Easter anthem ‘Christ Rising Again‘ from the Chirk Castle part-books. The castle is on the Welsh border and was bought by the Myddleton family in 1595 its chapel was in disrepair and 1630 Sir Thomas Myddleton junior rebuilt the chapel and instituted choral services.…

Pierre de Manchicourt: Osculetur Me

Pierre de Manchicourt (circa 1510–1564) was probably born in 1510 in Béthune in Northern France he was well respected as a music and held various positions in Tours, Tournai, and Arras. Eventually he accepted a post as the head of the chapel of Philip II of Spain. He moved to Madrid in 1560 and died…

Edmund Hooper (c1553-1621): Behold it is Christ

The English organist and composer Edmund Hooper was born in North Halberton, Devon,  some time around 1553 and died in London on July 14th 1621. Although there is no documentary evidence for it it seems likely that started his musical career as a choir boy at Exeter Cathedral. Whether he sang at Exeter or not…