Jacobus Clemens Non Papa (±1510-±1555): Heu mihi, Domine

Clemens Non Papa’s penitential motet ‘Heu mihi, Domine‘ (Alas for me Lord) is an adaptation of the Fifth respond at Matins for the Dead. It’s a Lenten motet and in it Clemens uses every single musical device that contemporaneous composers used to express sorrow for their sins. You would think that it’s a depressing piece…

Thomas Tallis (±1505-1585): Christ Rising Again

For today’s posting I’ve picked the Brabant Ensemble’s performance of Tallis’ Easter anthem ‘Christ Rising Again‘ from the Chirk Castle part-books. The castle is on the Welsh border and was bought by the Myddleton family in 1595 its chapel was in disrepair and 1630 Sir Thomas Myddleton junior rebuilt the chapel and instituted choral services.…