Gregorian Chant: Victimae paschali laudes

Victimae Paschali is the Sequence for Easter Sunday and is one of only four that survived the Council of Trent and other reforms. It’s variously attributed Robert II of France (tenth century), Notker Balbulus (tenth century), and Wipo of Burgundy (eleventh century). For textual reasons I think that Balbulus is the most of the three…

Jean Mouton (±1459–1522): Per lignum Salvi

Mouton is mostly remembered today as as Willaert’s teacher but his music is well worth listening to in its own right. He started out as a chorister in Nesle but rose to be master of the child choristers at Amiens Cathedral by 1500. He was rescued from provincial obscurity by being taken up by Anne…

Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla (± 1590 -1664): Lamentation for Maundy Thursday, ‘Incipit lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae’

For this year’s Maundy Thursday I’ve chosen Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla’s setting of Lectio I (Incipit Lamentatio Ieremiae prophetae) of the Lamentations for Maundy Thursday ‘In Coena Domini’. It’s a six-part setting and as you might expect from de Padilla it’s very traditional in tone with it’s polyphony being firmly based on the Toledo Lamentation…