‘For every syllable a note’: Music & the Reformation in England

Edward VI

(DS & 10 or more singers)
This programme charts the development of English composition from the great pre-Reformation works of John Taverner, Robert Fayrfax and others to music for the first English prayerbook of 1549 to the restored Catholic church under Mary Tudor. The music of Thomas Tallis, John Sheppard and Robert White serves to illustrate the birth of England’s musical Renaissance. This programme showcases some of the most sumptuous motes of the 16th century, as presented in the Edition Peters Anthology of English Church Music, newly edited by David Skinner.