Peter Philips (1560-1628): Cantabant Sancti

Philips  composed Cantabant Sancti (The Saints sing) In Festo SS. Innocentium – in honour of The Feast of the Holy Innocents which falls on December 28th and commemorates the massacre of the children by King Herod in his attempt to kill the infant Jesus (Matthew 2:16–18). It’s a responsory and versicle that starts with just…

Peter Philips (1560-1628): Ave Regina cælorum

Peter Philips’ setting of the Marian antiphon Ave Regina cælorum (Hail, Queen of heaven) was published in his Cantiones Sacræ of 1612. It’s a five-part (SSATB) setting very much in the new Roman style. The five-voice structure meant that he could vary the texture at will to reflect words or phrases in his text coupled…

Peter Philips (±1560-1628): Surgens Jesus Dominus

Back in May 2013 I posted a performance of Philips’ wonderful Easter motet by the Tudor Consort (see: Peter Philips (±1560-1628): Surgens Jesus Dominus | Saturday Chorale – mfi) it’s a fine performance of a superb piece of  music that’s well worth your while listening to. I also greatly enjoy the somewhat more sedate performance…

Peter Philips (1560-1628): Ecce panis angelorum

Between 1612 and 1613 Philips engaged in a massive publishing effort publishing no less than three volumes of his church music. Ecce panis angelorum (Behold the bread of angels) is a sequence hymn for Corpus Christi the source of which is verses 11 and 12 of Aquinas’ Lauda Sion Salvatorem. It’s an eight-part setting –…