Sacred Muses
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Sacred Muses

Works by Byrd and Josquin might be divided by religion, but each represents the pinnacle of creative achievement...

Sacred Muses

The Tallis Scholars

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 8pm

Church of St. Mary the Virgin

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    The Tallis Scholars have introduced audiences around the world to the wonders of vocal polyphony, and they have deservedly become a staple of Miller’s Early Music program. The group’s purity of sound is showcased in this program, dedicated to the works of William Byrd. Ye sacred muses captures Byrd’s deep sorrow upon the death of his friend and mentor, Thomas Tallis, while a selection of Latin motets from Byrd’s first publication, Cantiones sacrae, demonstrates the breadth of his artistry, from the exuberance of Vigilate to the restrained yearning of Ne irascaris, Domine. Works from Byrd’s predecessors round out the evening.


  • William Bryd Vigilate
  • William Byrd Laetentur caeli
  • William Byrd Plorans plorabit
  • William Byrd Ye sacred muses
  • William Byrd Ne irascaris
  • Edmund Turges Magnificat
  • Josquin des Prez Missa Gaudeamus