Performance Thursday, April 9, 2015 | 7:30 PM


Music for the Tudor Queens

Weill Recital Hall
Pomerium, “a driving force for performances of Renaissance polyphony” (The Washington Post), sings music from the reigns of Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I, one of the most turbulent periods in English history. Composers at Mary Tudor’s court wrote music that was stunningly ornate, based on chants grounded in Catholic liturgy. Elizabeth I outlawed Catholicism and favored a leaner style, but much brilliant music was written during her reign. Ecstatic motets and ethereal movements from the Mass, including sections from Tallis’s elaborate Missa Puer natus est nobis, are featured.

Part of Salon Encores.


  • Pomerium
    Alexander Blachly, Director


    For Mary Tudor (reigned 1553–1558):
  • TALLIS "Te lucis ante terminum"
  • TALLIS "Salvator mundi"
  • TALLIS Gloria: Missa Puer natus est nobis
  • SHEPPARD "In manus tuas Domine"
  • TALLIS Sanctus: Missa Puer natus est nobis
  • R. WHITE "Regina caeli laetare"
  • TALLIS Agnus Dei: Missa Puer natus est nobis
  • For Elizabeth I (reigned 1558–1603):
  • BYRD "Christe, qui lux es et dies"
  • TALLIS "In jejunio et fletu"
  • TALLIS "Derelinquat impius"
  • BYRD "O lux, beata Trinitas"
  • BYRD "In resurrectione tua"
  • BYRD "Haec Dies"
  • Reminiscences of the 16th Century:
  • PURCELL Fantasy Upon One Note, Z. 745 (set to text by Richard Crashaw)
  • PURCELL Fantasy No. 7 in C Minor, Z. 738 (set to text by John Donne)


Orlando De Lassus's Ave Verum Corpus
Old Hall Recordings


An Introduction to Before Bach

Before Bach
This performance is part of Before Bach, and Early Music Vocal.

Part of