Monday 27 March 2017 1:00PM

Gallicantus

Queen Mary's Big Belly

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With religious strife at home and uncertainty surrounding the succession, Mary Tudor’s marriage to Philip of Spain in 1554 and subsequent pregnancy prompted a rush of courtly tributes.

Vocal ensemble Gallicantus recalls this euphoric moment in Mary’s reign, and her subsequent descent into depression as it became clear that no heir would be born.

The programme includes music by Mary’s most important composers, including Tye, Mundy, Tallis and Sheppard, and a special reconstruction of the Sarum Litany by Tallis, originally sung on behalf of the pregnant queen.

  • BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
    • PIETY AND PENITENCE
  • William Mundy (c.1529-1591)
        • Exurge Christe
  • Christopher Tye (c.1505-1572)
        • Peccavimus cum patribus
    • MARY AT COURT (FROM THE MULLINER BOOK)
  • Anon
        • Ballad of the Marigold (Forrest)
  • Newman
        • Fansy
    • PRAYERS FOR THE QUICKENING - NOVEMBER 554
  • Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585)
        • Sarum Litany (abridged)
        • O Sacrum convivium
    • FEAST DAYS IN SPRING 1555
  • Thomas Tallis
        • Videte miraculum
  • John Sheppard (c.1515-1558)
        • Christi virgo dilectissima
    • LYING-IN AT HAMPTON COURT, APRIL 1555
  • Thomas Tallis
        • Like as the doleful dove
  • John Sheppard
        • Vain, vain, all our life we spend in vain

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