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Stile Antico

England's Nightingale: The Remarkable Music of William Byrd
Saturday, April 29, 2023, 8PM
Church of St. Mary the Virgin (145 W. 46th Street)

Commemorating 400 years since the death of William Byrd, Stile Antico weaves together the strands of the extraordinary English composer’s complex life as both pillar of the Protestant musical establishment and faithful servant to the underground Catholic community. The program includes some of his most beloved works, including Haec dies, This sweet and merry month of May, and Ne irascaris, alongside lesser-known gems by his pupils Thomas Morley, Peter Philips, and Thomas Tomkins.

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Photo by Marco Borggreve

Commemorating 400 years since the death of William Byrd, Stile Antico weaves together the strands of the extraordinary English composer’s complex life as both pillar of the Protestant musical establishment and faithful servant to the underground Catholic community. The program includes some of his most beloved works, including Haec dies, This sweet and merry month of May, and Ne irascaris, alongside lesser-known gems by his pupils Thomas Morley, Peter Philips, and Thomas Tomkins.

Repertoire

  • William Byrd This sweet and merry month of May, 6v
  • William Byrd O Lord make thy servant Elizabeth
  • William Byrd Great Service: Nunc Dimittis
  • William Byrd Vide Domine afflictionem nostram
  • William Byrd Haec dies
  • William Byrd Ne irascaris
  • William Byrd Retire my soul
  • William Byrd Laudate Dominum
  • William Byrd Mass for Four Voices: Agnus Dei
  • William Byrd Laudibus in sanctis
  • Thomas Morley Domine, Dominus noster
  • Peter Philips Ecce vicit Leo
  • Thomas Tomkins Too much I once lamented

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