William Byrd: The Three Masses II
Mass for Five Voices
Tuesday 11 June 2002, 8pm
Pre-concert talk 7.45pm
St Mary of the Angels
Directed by Alastair Carey
with the polyphonic propers for Easter Day by William Byrd
William Byrd's three settings of the Ordinary of Mass for the underground Recusant Catholic church in England are among the most remarkable sacred works of the Renaissance. Their emotional intensity and sheer compositional genius raise Byrd above his contemporaries as England's finest polyphonist.
Byrd's settings of the mass Propers for Easter come from his collection of music for the mass, the Gradualia (covertly published in two volumes in 1605 and 1607). Byrd's settings of the movements of the Easter Propers differ from those of his continental contemporaries in that Byrd's settings maintain a sense of intimacy, focusing on the expression of the Easter texts rather than attempting to achieve grandiloquent gestures.
The Tudor Consort presents these remarkable works in separate performances in two of Wellington's finest choral acoustics.
Kyrie: Mass for Five Voices, William Byrd
Gloria in excelsis Deo: Mass for Five Voices, William Byrd
Collect for Easter Day: chant
Sequence: The Easter Propers from Gradualia II, William Byrd
Gospel for Easter Day: chant
Credo: Mass for Five Voices, William Byrd
Offertorium: The Easter Propers from Gradualia II, William Byrd
Sanctus / Benedictus: Mass for Five Voices, William Byrd
Pater Noster: chant
Agnus Dei: Mass for Five Voices, William Byrd
Motet: The Easter Propers from Gradualia II, William Byrd
Ite Missa Est: plainsong
Mass for Five Voices and Easter Propers soloists: Rebecca Murphy, Janine Dyne, Christopher Warwick, Kenneth Trass, Ewen Griffiths, Brian Hesketh
Entry to both performances: $30 / $15 (normally $40 / $20)