Felice Anerio (±1560-1614): Magnificat quinti toni

Felice Anerio (the elder of the two brothers) had a very successful musical career starting as  a choirboy at Santa Maria Maggiore and at St Peter’s where he studied under Palestrina. He went on to be maestro di capella  at the Spanish Santa Maria di Monserrato and the English College before being appointed composer to…

Heinrich Schütz (1585–1672): Uppsala Magnificat SWV 468

Heinrich Schütz’s Latin setting of the Magnificat was one of a number of works discovered in the music collection in Uppsala University’s library it’s scored for four soloists, two four voice choruses, two violins, three trombones and continuo  and reflects Schütz’ studies in Italy. It’s clearly influenced by Monteverdi’s Magnificat setting in the 1610 Vespers…

Pierre Tabart (1645–1716): Magnificat

Pierre Tabart is one of those composers whose surviving music is such that I really wish we know more about him and that more of his music survived. As it is there are only six of works that are known to have survived and we owe their survival to Sébastien de Brossard who preserved them…

Philippe de Monte (1521-1603): Magnificat quarti toni

Philippe de Monte is probably best known in the English speaking world for his friendship with William Byrd and the extraordinary exchange of motets between them (de Monte: Super flumina Babylonis; Byrd: Quomodo cantabimus) in which de Monte expressed his anxiety for his friend and Byrd expressed his determination to carry on. But it’s for…

Robert Parsons (circa 1535-1572): Magnificat

"Robt. Parsons was drowned at Newark uppon Trent the 25th of Januarie, and Wm. Bird sworne gentleman in his place at the first the 22d of Februarie followinge, A° 14° Lincolne". We don’t know why Robert Parsons, Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, was travelling near Newark on that fateful night in January 1572 but it…

John Taverner (c1490-1545): Magnificat a 4 Nesciens Mater

Taverner composed three Magnificats, one each for four, five and six voices, of which only the four-voice setting survives complete. It’s a little unusual for English polyphony of the time because Taverner used the plainsong without embellishment rather than using the ‘faburden’. It’s an alternatim setting in which plainsong and polyphony alternate. Its long textual…

Feature: Thomas Tallis (±1505-1585): Miserere

Tallis’  ethereally beautiful Miserere is relatively rarely heard which is a great pity as it’s a remarkable piece of music that shows Tallis’ mastery of complex counterpoint. It’s written for seven voices and contains not one but two canons the first of these – the one between the two top voices is pretty obvious but…

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Tewkesbury Service) by Gabriel Jackson – YouTube

The Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum (The Tewkesbury Abbey School Choir) and organist Carleton Etherington, directed by Benjamin Nicholas, perform the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Tewkesbury Service) by the Bermuda-born British composer Gabriel Jackson (b.1962). Video Source: Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Tewkesbury Service) by Gabriel Jackson – YouTube Uploaded by daitoushoutou on Jun 30, 2011