New York Polyphony
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Early Music

Renowned ensembles from all over the globe explore the musical riches of the pre-Classical era, from Medieval...

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New York Polyphony: Gothic Polyphony

Rescued from the Reformation as recycled book-bindings, these Medieval gems of a lost generation show...

Early Music

New York Polyphony

Gothic Polyphony

Saturday, November 9, 2019, 8pm

Church of St. Mary the Virgin

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The illustrious male vocal quartet New York Polyphony returns for a program that begins at the dawn of the Renaissance, with selections of the very earliest works that can be found in England. Rescued from the Reformation as recycled book-bindings, these Medieval gems show the mastery of the English style that would influence the next three centuries of composition, such as works by England’s first great composer, John Dunstable. The program culminates with music from the Golden Age of the Renaissance in Spain.

Please note: This event occurs at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin


  • From the ‘Worcester Fragments’
  • Anonymous Gloria in excelsis Deo, trope: Spiritus procedens 
  • Anonymous Sanctus and Benedictus
  • Andrew Smith Flos Regalis
  • Anonymous Flos Regalis 
  • Anonymous Agnus Dei
  • Anonymous Beata viscera
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  • Leonel Power Beata progenies
  • Thomas Byttering Nesciens mater
  • John Dunstable Speciosa facta es
  • John Pyamour Quam pulcra es
  • John Plummer Tota pulcra es
  • Francisco de Peñalosa Missa 'L'homme armé', Gloria in excelsis Deo
  • Francisco de Peñalosa Missa 'L'homme armé', Credo in unum Deum
  • Francisco de Peñalosa Sancta Maria, succure miseris
  • Francisco de Peñalosa Unica est columba mea
  • Pedro de Escobar Stabat mater dolorosa   
  • Francisco Guerrero Antes que comáis a Dios
  • Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla Stabat mater dolorosa

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Photo by Jacob Blickenstaff.