Since I first heard it I've thought that Weelkes' dramatic evocation of St. Matthew's account of Christ's "triumphal" entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday ( Matthew 21: 1–12) to be a remarkably fine musical depiction of the crowd acclaiming Jesus. He manages to portray their unity in welcoming him while at the same time weaving in a slight undertone of darkness to remind us that this same crowd who we hear crying 'Hosanna' throughout the anthem would soon be baying for Jesus' blood.
The way in which he anchors the rather high tessitura of the treble parts to the basses gives a pleasingly wide range of sonority that tempers the brightness of the sound that confirms Weelkes' mastery of his art and further justifies his reputation as one of the most skilled and resourceful early seventeenth century English composers. It's sung below by the Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum, conducted by Benjamin Nicholas. Happy Palm Sunday. Enjoy :-).
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