David Bevan (b1951): Magnificat quarti toni

David Bevan was born in 1951 as a schoolboy he was educated at Westminster Cathedral Choir School and Downside. He won an open scholarship to The Queen’s College, Oxford, and has held various teaching posts , including Assistant Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral, and has been Director of Music at the Church of Our…

Cristóbal de Morales (±1500 –1553): Regina caeli

Like most of his Cristóbal de Morales’ motets his setting of the Marian antiphon Regina caeli  is a five-part setting. It probably dates from fairly late on in his career and in one way is fairly conventional in that it quotes the chant fairly heavily. Conventional? I’d prefer to say that it’s a great example…

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Missa canonica

Brahms’ Missa Canonica is a fairly early work – he probably composed it sometime around 1856. Despite the fact that it’s an early work Brahms obviously thought well of it, well enough that he quoted it heavily in his motet Warum ist das Licht gegeben?  And yet it’s almost unknown, so unknown in fact that…

Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599): Regina caeli a 8

His contemporaries thought so highly of Guerrero that during Philip II’s reign he was hailed as Spain’s foremost composer. His compositional skills were based upon his musical gifts he not only sang but was an excellent player of the organ, vihuela, harp and cornett.  Later generations weren’t so enthusiastic with musicologists and music historians tending…