Josquin Des Prez (±1450 – 1521): Qui habitat

This twenty-four part (6 × SATB) setting by Josquin of the text of first eight verses of Psalm 90 in the Vulgate. It’s composed of four interwoven six-voice canons augmented by some very intricate and detailed decoration underlain by a harmonic ostinato. Gabriel Jackson’s notes for the performance below can’t be bettered by me: Surviving…

Thomas Tallis (±1505-1585): Purge me o Lord

Tallis composed this very brief anthem for Edward VI’s sternly protestant England. It’s for four voices (SATB) and in the in ABB form (in other words it’s in two sections the second of which is repeated exactly – mfi) that was so popular with Edwardian and early Elizabethan composers.  These days it’s most often sung…

Jacquet de Mantua (1483-1559): O Jesu Christe

This setting of O Jesu Christe, or O Jesu Christe Miserere Mei  (O Jesus Christ, have mercy on me) to give it its full title was often attributed to Jacquet de Berchem but is now known to be by Jacquet de Mantua. It’s a four-part (SATB) motet whose personal nature – have mercy on me…

Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623): Rejoice in the Lord

The first time I heard Weelkes’ setting of verses 1, 2 and 4 of Psalm 33 (the text of verse 2 is slightly adapted) I was surprised at how severely plain and unadorned it was –  not in Weelkes’ normal style at all. It’s a Full anthem for four voices (SATB) and organ with some…

Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625): Almighty and everlasting God

Gibbons was renowned amongst his contemporaries as an organist rather than as a composer perhaps, amongst other reasons, because the amount of music he composed is relatively slight. But if ever there was a composer to whom the adage "quality not quantity" applies that composer is Gibbons. I mostly write about choral music on this…

Tourdion

A "Tourdion" was a medieval dance similar to a Gavotte the name "Tourdion" is derived from the French verb meaning "to twist" this particular medieval dance was very popular but fell out of favour until it was revived as a drinking song  that was popularised by Pierre Attaignant,  1  Attaignant knew a good song when…

The Georgia Boy Choir – A Red, Red Rose

The Georgia Boy Choir singing The Red, Red Rose, by James Mulholland. This performance was recorded on May 23, 2015, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the beginning of its China Tour during the wedding of Hannah Jordan LoRusso and Duane Griffith Rivaud White at Tenth Presbyterian Church. If you’re not familiar with it "A Red, Red…