Heron > Concerts > History > Sept. 30, 2007

Taverner, Mason & Byrd

Sunday, September 30, 2007, 3:00 pm
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational

Blue Heron returns to music from the Peterhouse Partbooks with a performance of John Taverner’s Missa Mater Christi, its missing tenor brilliantly reconstructed by the English musicologist Nick Sandon. Paired with the Taverner mass will be William Byrd’s “Jerusalem” motets from Cantiones sacrae of 1589 and 1591, dark and intense works whose lamenting texts, drawn from the Old Testament and thus beyond political reproach, served as powerful allegories for the anguish felt by Catholics in Protestant England.

Free pre-concert talk at 2:15 by Dr. Teresa Neff, MIT
sponsored by the Cambridge Society for Early Music

PROGRAM
Taverner: Missa Mater Christi
Sarum chant: Kyrie Rex clemens
Mason: Quales sumus O miseri
Byrd: Vigilate, Quomodo cantabimus, Ne irascaris, Haec dicit Dominus

PERFORMERS
Michael Barrett
Glenn Billingsley
NoŽl Bisson
Lydia Brotherton
Allen Combs
Pamela Dellal
Lydia Heather Knutson
Jason McStoots
Martin Near
Aaron Sheehan
Steven Soph
Mark Sprinkle
Sumner Thompson
Darrick Yee

 

woodcut of WIlliam Byrd

image: Wikimedia Commons