William Mundy (±1529-1591): Adolescentulus sum ego

This six-part through-composed votive antiphon sets Psalm 118:141-142 in the Vulgate1 . It’s a bit scaled down but still very substantial in terms of its structure and its musical texture which consists of very tightly woven imitative polyphony gets ever richer as the motet progresses. It’s more proof, if proof were needed, that Mundy was…

William Mundy (±1529-1591): Adhaesit pavimento

William Mundy’s six-part (SSATBB) psalm motet Adhaesit pavimento sets verses from psalm 119 (118 in the Vulgate) gets its name from verse twenty five Adhaesit pavimento anima mea (My soul has cleaved to the dust) which is its first line. English composers of Mundy’s generation were well aware of Josquin’s psalm settings and sought to…

Robert White (±1538-1574): Exaudiat te Dominus

This is a strange but very lovely piece of music. White was born in London sometime around 1538 he attended Trinity College, Cambridge, in the 1550s graduating with a Mus.B. degree in 1560. He married Tye’s daughter and succeeded his father-in-law as Master of the Choristers at Ely Cathedral in 1562. Sometime 1n 1567 he…

William Byrd (±1539-1623): Domine, quis habitabit?

Like Domine ante te omne desiderium about which I wrote on August 29th of this year (see: William Byrd (±1539-1623): Domine ante te omne desiderium | Saturday Chorale) Domine, quis habitabit? is a Psalm motet and like Domine ante te omne desiderium it’s an unpublished work. It’s a relatively early piece, in fact it’s undated…