Antoine Brumel (±1460 — ±1513): Sicut lilium inter spinas

His contemporaries ranked Brumel’s music highly comparing him favourably with both Josquin and Ockeghem. His four-part (SATB or ATTB) setting of Sicut lilium inter spinas (As the lily among thorns) Song of Solomon 2: 2 which at that time was the Antiphon for Matins of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is quite typical…

Jacquet of Mantua (1483-1559): Ave Maria

Jacquet of Mantua was born Jacques Colebault in Vitré, Brittany, in 148 he’s referred to as Jacquet of Mantua to distinguish him from another composer Jacquet de Berchem. He was yet another northerner who went south to Italy where he worked for a variety of patrons amongst the Rangoni of Modena, the Estes, until in…

Josquin Des Prez (±1450 1521): Virgo salutiferi

In 1503 Duke Ercole I of Ferrara overruled his advisers and employed Josquin as maestro di cappella they’d advised him to hire Heinrich Isaac instead of Josquin because he was easier to get on with, was more companionable, far less inclined to make a fuss about composing on demand, and last but by no means…

Gerald Finzi (1901-1956): God is gone up

This is the second of Finzi’s three opus 27 anthems,  it’s a setting of a text from the Preparatory Meditations by the Puritan poet Edward Taylor (1642–1729) combined with Psalm 47 which Finzi wrote in 1951 for a St Cecilia’s Day Service at St Sepulchre’s Church, Holborn. The performance below was given by The Georgia…

Giaches de Wert (1535-96): Hoc enim sentite in vobis

This more than somewhat madrigalian motet was published in 1581 in de Wert’s Il Secondo libro de motetti a cinque voci when he was at the height of his compositional powers. It’s SATTB and  takes its text from Philippians 2:5-11 and has an interesting musical structure in which the second half of the motet is…

Patrick Hawes (Born 1958): Faint with love

The fourth in Hawes’ exquisite cycle of songs based upon the Song of Songs – enjoy :-. mfi Patrick Hawes (Born 1958): Faint with love Faint with love, My heart, faint with love— so faint. I am falling, yearning, for your touch. Faint with love, My heart, faint with love— so faint. In your shadow…