'England one God, one truth, one doctor hath for music's art—and that is Dr Tye'
(Edward VI quoting his father Henry VII's opinion of his music teacher Christopher Tye).
Like his exact contemporary Thomas Tallis Christopher Tye successfully navigated the storms of the English reformation. Both Tye and Tallis composed music for Protestant and Catholic services although Tye – unlike Tallis, is known to have Protestant sympathies. Tye ended his musical career holding what was then a very prestigious post that of Master of Choristers at Ely cathedral. His music is very individual and often startlingly beautiful a description that certainly applies to his setting of the Western Wynde Mass. Tye's Western Wynde Mass, is most likely:
- An early work.
- Intended as a complement to Taverner's own Mass based on the secular English song.
Tye's setting of the Western Wynde Mass is one of three English Masses all based on the same song. The other two are by John Taverner and John Sheppard, I've written about the here: Sunday Playlist: Taverner "Westron Wynde" | Saturday Chorale and Feature: John Sheppard (c1515-1558): The Western Wynde Mass | Saturday Chorale. I like this setting, Click here to listen to the music and read the rest of the posting ...