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.…

Music of The Pater Noster: Our Father — John Sheppard (±1515-1558)

John Sheppard’s setting of the Lord’s Prayer is far more elaborate than that of Robert Stone about which I wrote last week. It includes the doxology (‘For thine is the kingdom …’) found in some versions of the Greek original (Matthew 6:13 καὶ μὴ εἰσενέγκῃς ἡμᾶς εἰς πειρασμόν, ἀλλὰ ῥῦσαι ἡμᾶς ἀπὸ τοῦ πονηροῦ. ὅτι…

John Taverner (c1490-1545): Dum transisset Sabbatum I

Dum transisset Sabbatum (When the Sabbath was past) was one of Taverner’s most greatly admired pieces of music during his lifetime and subsequently. There are several reasons for this, one of them being that it was one of the first pieces of music to adopt what was at the time a startling format of setting…