Maurice Green (1696 – 1755): Lord, let me know mine end

Green was an important composer in his day his music was "generally buoyant and attractively tuneful, is thus more elegant and polished than that of almost all his immediate predecessors and contemporaries" perhaps because he wrote in a more cosmopolitan style than they did. His modern reputation has suffered mostly because Burney took against him.…

Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Ascendens Christus in altum – Gradualia

This impressive live performance of Victoria’s five-part (SSATB) Ascension motet Ascendens Christus in altum (Christ ascending on high) shows what a small talented choir can do with Victoria’s wonderfully sunny and happy music. Modern performances of Victoria’s music tend to involve large forces but as Gradualia’s excellent performance which you can hear below clearly demonstrates…

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): O rex gloriae

We’re fortunate to have Palestrina’s setting of the Magnificat Antiphon at Second Vespers on the Feast of the Ascension which this year falls today May 5th. It’s a four-part setting (SATB) and was originally published by Gardano at some point during 1563 in the Motecta festorum totius anni cum Communi Sanctorum … liber primus that…

Hans Leo Hassler (1562-1612): Verbum caro factum est

Hassler’s six-part motet was published in Augsburg in 1591 in Cantiones sacrae de festis praecipuis totius anni Its text is from John 1:14 and it’s sung both during Christmas Matins, and for the Annunciation. There are quite a few voice configurations possible SSAATB, SSATBB, SSATTB, AATTBB and SAATTB and is very Italianate in style as…

Nunc Dimittis – Huw Morgan (2015)

A setting of the Nunc Dimittis (Luke 2: 29-32) in English by Huw Morgan. Sung here by the Merbecke Choir of Southwark Cathedral. This work is published by Firehead Editions: http://fireheadeditions.com/downloads… Photograph of Muckross Abbey, Ireland, by the composer. www.huwmorgantheorgan.com www.merbecke.org.uk Enjoy :-). mfi

Sweet Day (Vertue) – Ralph Vaughan Williams

Vaughan Williams’ setting of George Herbert’s poem "Vertue". This performance is by the Merbecke Choir of Southwark Cathedral, directed by Huw Morgan, at an event hosted by Poet in the City dedicated to the life and works of George Herbert. Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright, The bridall of the earth and skie:…

David Bevan (b1951): Magnificat quarti toni

David Bevan was born in 1951 as a schoolboy he was educated at Westminster Cathedral Choir School and Downside. He won an open scholarship to The Queen’s College, Oxford, and has held various teaching posts , including Assistant Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral, and has been Director of Music at the Church of Our…

John Dankworth (1927-2010): Light of the World

If you know the English jazz scene you probably think of the late John Dankworth either as a brilliant jazz composer and saxophonist or as Cleo Laine’s husband but his talents were too great and too broad to be confined to any one genre. His setting of Paul Wigmore’s "Light of the world" is a…