Around 1510 or 1520, when John Taverner
wrote his now-famous parody mass on the popular song "The Westron Wynde," the practice of using a popular melody as the cantus firmus for a Mass settting had yet to gain a real foothold in England, although it was already widespread in continental Europe.
In Excelsis is a deeply moving record that bridges the gap between ritualistic 16th-century composers like John Taverner
and 20th-century minimalists like John Tavener and Giles Swayne.
Like those of his near-contemporary John Taverner
, Carver's life and works straddle the transitional period between the elaborate polyphony of the Eton Choirbook and the advent of pervasive imitation in British music.
Young composers were asked to write a new piece with The Tallis Scholars in mind, taking as their starting point a theme from a piece by the English 16th Century composer John Taverner
The city's Renaissance Music Group will perform a programme of the Tudor composer's works, framed by pieces by Thomas Tallis and John Taverner
Described by The New York Times as "an ensemble of breathtaking freshness, vitality and balance", they will perform Tudor anthems by the likes of William Byrd, John Taverner
, Thomas Tallis and Robert White.
Five appendices provide existing texts of: Taverner's letters; the Inquisition post mortem; Rose Taverner's will; commentary on John Copley, probably Rose's husband before Taverner; and an accounting of a loan from John Taverner
to Anthony Robertson.
This weekend offers further delights for lovers of choral music, with tomorrow night bringing a choice between the Tallis Scholars performing 16th-century English music by John Taverner
, Christopher Tye, John Sheppard and Thomas Tallis himself at Symphony Hall (7.
One of the biggest events will undoubtedly be a new commission from Sir John Taverner
, whose music featured at the funeral service for Diana,Princess of Wales.
Other seasonal music completes the disc, which slows the very approachable side of John Taverner
It would have formed part of a programme called 'From Tavener to Taverner', including music by Sir John's 16th century near-namesake, John Taverner
is ripe for new inspiration, and the texts of the Swiss philosophical mystic Frithjof Schuon have inspired a collection of settings of 19 poems separated by canons for four solo strings and Tibetan temple bowls.