An anniversary always provides an excellent opportunity to program some music… and in this case, a perfect occasion to pay tribute to one of the greatest musicians England has ever known: William Byrd, who died 400 years ago, in 1623. Because Queen Elizabeth I—who instituted Anglicanism as the State religion—held him in such high regard, he was able to remain Catholic without concern, while being required to compose for both faiths. He worked in every genre, from masses and a cappella motets, both skilful and expressive, to compositions for consorts of viols and those entrusted to the organ and harpsichord, often of a rare elegance.
Andrew McAnerney,conductor Les Voix humaines Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal Choir, consort of viols and organ
BYRD Latin Mass for All Saints Introit – Gaudeamus omnes in Domino Kyrie – Mass for four voices Gloria – Mass for four voices Gradual – Timete Dominum Credo – Mass for four voices Offertory – Justorum animae Sanctus/Benedictus – Mass for four voices Communion – Ave Verum Agnus Dei – Mass for four voices Ambe (texte ojibwé de Cory Campbell, contrafactum sur le Sing Joyfully d’Andrew Balfour)
Book of Common Prayer Evensong (with organ and viols) Voluntary for my Lady Nevell O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth our Queen Preces Psaume 13 – O Lord, how long wilt thou forget Magnificat Fantasia Nunc Dimittis Responses Praise Our Lord all Ye Gentiles