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The Byrd Ensemble: Musical Politics – Motets of Influence

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Saturday, October 13, 2018 (PDT) @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The Byrd Ensemble

St. James Cathedral, Seattle, WA

William Byrd – Ne irascaris Domine
Gabriel Jackson – To Morning
Thomas Tallis – Gaude gloriosa
Gregorio Allegri – Miserere
Arvo Pärt – The Woman with the Alabaster Box
William Byrd – Tribue Domine

Sacred music generally served a liturgical purpose, and often also a political one. Whether it was Tallis and Byrd dedicating large collections of motets to the Queen in return for a monopoly on music printing rights, or the music from Tallis’s Gaude gloriosa used as a battle rallying cry when the King was at war with France, each piece on the program comes with an interesting story and gives us a peek into the composers’ allegiances and a sense of the intertwined religious and political turbulence of the time.

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