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Chanticleer: Music For A Hidden Chapel

Song NameComposer
In tempore PaschaliWilliam Byrd
Regina CaeliWilliam Byrd
In Assumptione Beatae MariaeWilliam Byrd
Ave Regina CaelorumWilliam Byrd
Salve ReginaWilliam Byrd

Directed by Joseph Jennings

William Byrd and his teacher, Thomas Tallis, were inarguably the greatest composers of Elizabethan England. The primary vehicle for royally-sanctioned musicians of the court was liturgical, and in the court of Elizabeth that would mean settings for Anglican services. However, Byrd was a committed Catholic who nonetheless wrote these masses, motets and antiphons for published volumes titled "Gradualia," volumes I and II. This insurgent act apparently went uncensured, and it is these a cappella works that Chanticleer has recorded here. Given that they would not be performed publicly in a church setting by a large choir, the arrangements are intimate. They are each in the same mode and clef, which therefore creates a mood unbroken, a continuity of feeling that is quietly moving.

Item code: 6307C | 1 CD | $9.98 |add item to cart
Early Music  | Male | United States
HCX 3955182

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