Feature: Steven Stucky (b1949) — The 3 Tallis Motets

The American composer Steven Stucky was born in 1949 he’s a very well thought of  composer both of orchestral music and of vocal music. As well as composing and conducting he also lectures, teaches, and is generally considered to be a leading commentator on contemporary American music. In 2005 as part of the 500th birthday…

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…

Waldemar Ahlen: Sommarpsalm – Koritsia Lund.

Waldemar  Åhlén’s ‘Sommarpsalm’ sung here by the Swedish Choir ‘Koritsia’  directed by Karin Fagius. This performance dates from the 10th International Chamber Choir Competition held at Marktoberdorf in 2007 and was given in the Dreifaltigkeitskirche Kaufbeuren. Enjoy :-). markfromireland Source: Koritsia, Lund, Sweden; Dir.: Karin Fagius – YouTube  Uploaded by DolfRabus on Jul 8, 2008

Sunday Playlist: Fauré Requiem – Escolania Escorial

This week’s playlist is a live performance of Fauré’s requiem recorded at the «Monasterio del Escorial» (Escorial Monastery) on April 11th 2006 (they were so pleased with this performance that they went on to record it again and published it on CD) the soloist was Fran Braojos and the conductor and organist was Javier M.…

Stephen Paulus: Hymn to the Eternal Flame

The American composer Stephen Paulus was born in 1949 and studied composition at the University of Minnesota with Paul Fetler and Dominick Argento, his music is often influenced by romanticism in 2005 he worked together with Michael Dennis Browne to created the oratorio ‘To be Certain of the Dawn’ commemorating the sixtieth anniversary of the…

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643): Domine ne in furore tuo

Monteverdi’s motet ‘Domine ne in furore tuo‘ or ‘Domine, ne in furore tuo arguas me‘ to give it its full title was one of four that were published in 1620 in the Libro primo de motetti of Giulio Cesare Bianchi. (Bianchi was a cornett player and former pupil of Monteverdi’s). The text is from Psalm…

Rihards Dubra (1964: ) Stetit Angelus

The Latvian composer Rihards Dubra (born 28 February 1964 in Riga) has written several religious works amongst this piece ‘Stetit Angelus’ which was commissioned by the Indonesian choir Vox Angelorum and their director Henry Sutjipto for a choral competition in 2005. Dubra is known to have been particularly pleased to have had the opportunity to…

Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Behold now, praise the Lord

The anthem I’ve picked for this week’s posting is "Behold now, praise the Lord" ( Z3 ) is one of Purcell’s earliest compositions. There’s some debate about exactly when he composed it, with some writers dating it to as early as 1678. I’m not sure how relevant this particular debate is it’s such an extraordinary…

William Mundy (c1529-1591): Sive vigilem

William Mundy (father of John Mundy) seems to have lived and worked only in London. His career spanned the Reformation under Henry VII and Edward VI, Queen Mary’s doomed and bloody attempt at undoing the Reformation, and Queen Elizabeth I’s re-establishment of the English Church with herself as its head. His motet "Sive vigilem" is…