Thomas Tallis (±1505-1585): Alleluia. Ora pro nobis

Tallis’ Alleluia. Ora pro nobis for four voices is a fairly early composition. It’s a liturgical text intended to be sung during the the celebration of a Lady Mass (Lady Masses were daily celebrations of the Mass that used texts relating to the Blessed Virgin Mary) on Tuesdays between Pentecost and Advent. Enjoy :-) markfromireland

Andrea Gabrieli (±1510-1586): O sacrum convivium

Whenever we he the name ‘Gabrieli’ we tend to think of Giovanni Gabrieli but Andrea Gabrieli – the uncle to Giovanni is a composer whose music repays investigation. He was born sometime around 1510 perhaps in Cannareggio in the northern part of Venice. In the course of his career he was organist of the Church…

Heinrich Isaac (±1450 –1517): Missa De Apostolis

I can’t tell you very much about this very prolific South Netherlands composer’s early life neither his birthday which could be any time during the five-year period 1450-55 nor his birthplace are known. He was a layman who and appears not to have attended university what he was was a very accomplished composer some of…

Sunday Concert: Palestrina 400 Years

Perhaps at this point you might like a brief respite from all the Christmas music? How about the Tallis Scholars’ February 2nd 1994 Palestrina 400th Anniversary Concert? It was held appropriately enough in St. Maria Maggiore the church where  Palestrina began his education as a scholar and where he was also a choir boy. Palestrina…

The Masses of Gregorio Allegri Part 3 — Missa Vidi turbam magnam

Allegri’s six-part ‘Missa Vidi turbam magnam’ (I saw a great multitude) was written for performance in the Sistine Chapel. It’s an unaccompanied setting because the Sistine Chapel at the time strictly followed the dictate of the Council of Trent that no instrumental accompaniment was allowed.  It’s a good example of how Allegri who was the…