Saturday 8 October 2022 1:00PM

Siglo de Oro

The Mysterious Motet Book of 1539


This concert will be approximately 1 hour in duration, without an interval


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  • Siglo de Oro

Vocal ensemble Siglo de Oro have collaborated with Dr Daniel Trocmé-Latter (University of Cambridge) to bring to life a mysterious motet anthology from the late 1530s. Dr Trocmé-Latter's research has shed light on this sacred music, which was assembled by the Milanese composer Hermann Matthias Werrecore and sent to the publisher Peter Schoeffer in Strasbourg where it was printed in a set of five partbooks. In doing so, the repertoire not only crossed the Alps, but became cross-confessional, travelling from staunchly Catholic Milan to a newly Protestant one. What then was the purpose of publishing a motet book in a German imperial city where Latin choral singing no longer took place? 

The new recording will showcase works from this enigmatic volume, which includes motets by wellknown composers Nicolas Gombert and Adrian Willaert, but also presents some little-known names such as Simon Ferrariensis and Pierre Cadéac.

  • Adrian Willaert (c.1490-1562)
      • Peccavi supra numerum
  • Phillippe de Monte (1521-1603)
      • Super flumina Babylonis
  • William Byrd (c.1540-1623)
      • Quomodo cantabimus
  • Pierre Cadéac (fl.1538-56)
      • Salus populi ego sum
  • Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585)
      • In jejunio et fletu
  • Nicolas Gombert (c.1495-1560)
      • Laus Deo, pax vivis
  • William Byrd
      • Ne irascaris, Domine
  • Simon Ferrariensis
      • Ave et gaude gloriosa virgo
  • William Byrd
      • Vigilate

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