#1 MUSICAL POLITICS: Motets of Influence
Sacred music generally served a liturgical purpose, and often also a political one. Whether it was Tallis and Byrd dedicating large collections of motets to the Queen in return for a monopoly on music printing rights, or the music from Tallis’s Gaude gloriosa used as a battle rallying cry when the King was at war with France, each piece on the program comes with an interesting story and gives us a peek into the composers’ allegiances and a sense of the intertwined religious and political turbulence of the time.
BYRD Ne irascaris
JACKSON To Morning
TALLIS Gaude gloriosa
PÄRT The Woman with the Alabaster Box
BYRD Tribue Domine