Tudor Symphonies

Thu 27 July


The Cardinall’s Musick

Andrew Carwood director


Sheppard Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria

Cornysh Ave Maria, mater Dei

Tye Ad te clamamus

Mundy Vox patris caelestis

Taverner Mater Christi sanctissima

Byrd O gloriosa Domina

Tallis Euge caeli porta; Gaude gloriosa


Sixteenth-century England stood apart from the European mainland with a musical inheritance which was radically different. During the life of Henry VII, English composers had produced huge and awe-inspiring settings of texts in honour of the Virgin Mary that influenced Tallis, Sheppard and Mundy. This is a rare opportunity to hear some of these magnificent Tudor ‘symphonies’ in one concert. Full of colour and drama, they push the limits of invention. The programme is punctuated by more modest ‘sorbets’ – the English could excel at miniatures as well!

You can listen to Tallis' Gaude gloriosa HERE (YouTube link) and to Mundy's Vox Patris Caelestis HERE (YouTube link)



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