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His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
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His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts

Formed in 1982, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts continues in the same spirit as always: aiming to bring the sound of its noble instruments, through pan-European repertoire from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to the twenty-first century, attracting new audiences via recordings, radio, television and (best of the lot) live performance.

The group’s illustrious-sounding name is taken from Matthew Locke’s ‘five-part tthings for His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts’ that were probably played during the coronation celebrations for King Charles II in 1661. Essentially a recital group comprising two cornetts, three sackbutts and chamber organ/harpsichord, HMSC often joins with singers and string players, and is frequently asked to take part in projects with choirs: Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi Choir, the BBC Singers, Ex Cathedra, the choirs of Trinity, King’s and St John’s colleges in Cambridge, as well as those of Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s and Westminster cathedrals in London.

Individual members of HMSC teach at conservatoires and universities throughout the UK and the group is often invited to give masterclasses and workshops as a part of its educational activities. His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts has made more than twenty recordings, including many for Hyperion.

Activities over the group’s thirty-year history have been diverse, ranging from sound-and-vision recordings for the BBC comedy The Two Ronnies, to appearances in the Salzburg Festival; St Mark’s, Venice; the Sydney Opera House; and at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall. As a lasting celebration of HMSC’s first thirty years, the group made its first commission from a living composer, enabled by funding from the Performing Right Society (UK). Oxford-based composer Martyn Harry has written For His Majesty’s Pleasure, a 65-minute work that has been, to quote founder-member Jeremy West, ‘the most exciting single project that His Majestys has undertaken in its thirty-year history’.

Albums

A Bach Album
CDA67247
For His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
CDH55406Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Gabrieli: Missa Pater peccavi & other works
CDH55265Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Gabrieli: Sacrae Symphoniae
CDA66908
Gabrieli: Sacred Symphonies
Studio Master: CDA67957Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Guerrero: Missa De la batalla escoutez & other works
CDH55340Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts Grand Tour
CDH55344Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Lassus: Missa Bell' Amfitrit' altera
CDA66688Archive Service
Rogier: Missa Domine Dominus noster & Missa Domine in virtute tua
Studio Master: CKD348Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Rogier: Missa Inclita stirps Jesse & Missa Philippus secundus Rex Hispaniae
Studio Master: CKD387Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
The Floating City
CDH55320Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP202CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Complete works available for download

ANONYMOUS - BAROQUE
Canciones de clarines
ANONYMOUS - RENAISSANCE
Hugh Ashton's Maske
The Queen's Masque
PIERRE ALAMIRE (c1470-?1536)
Bassedance 'T'Andernacken a 5'
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV715
Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV686
Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV687
Meine Seele erhebt den Herrn, BWV648
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV659
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV661
O Jesu Christ, mein Lebens Licht, BWV118with Julia Gooding (soprano), Ashley Stafford (countertenor), Angus Smith (tenor), Robert Macdonald (bass)
Trio super Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV660
Verschiedene Canones, BWV1087
Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein 'Vor deinen Thron tret ich hiermit', BWV668
Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV431
Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV432with Julia Gooding (soprano), Ashley Stafford (countertenor), Angus Smith (tenor), Robert Macdonald (bass)
Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV641
AUGUSTINE BASSANO (?-1604)
Pavan and Galliard
JEROME BASSANO (1559-1635)
Fantasia a 5 No 3
WILLIAM BRADE (1560-1630)
Cornish Dance
Scottish Dance
JOHN BULL (?1562/3-1628)
The Bull Masque
GIOVANNI BUONAMENTE (d1642)
Canzona a 6
Sonata a 6
WILLIAM BYRD (1539/40-1623)
In nomine V a 5
DARIO CASTELLO (fl1610-1620)
Sonata duodecima
Sonata No 10 a 3
Sonata No 11 a 3
Sonata No 13 a 4
Sonata No 14 a 4
Sonata No 17 in ecco
Sonata No 5 a 2
Sonata No 8 a 2
JOHN COPRARIO (c1570-1626)
Fantasia a 6
Gray's Inn the 1st
FRANCISCO CORREA DE ARAUXO (1584-1654)
Tiento de segundo tono
MICHAEL EAST (1580-1648)
When David Heard that Absalon was Slain
CHRISTIAN ERBACH (c1570-1635)
Canzon 'La Paglia'with Jeremy West (conductor)
ANDREA GABRIELI (c1510-1586)
De profundis clamaviwith Joseph Cornwell (tenor), Adrian Peacock (bass), Timothy Roberts (conductor)
Missa Pater peccaviwith His Majestys Consort of Voices, Timothy Roberts (conductor)
O sacrum conviviumwith Anna Sarah Pickard (soprano), Timothy Roberts (conductor)
Ricercar a 4 del duodecimo tuonowith Timothy Roberts (conductor)
Ricercar a 4 del primo tuonowith Timothy Roberts (conductor)
Ricercar a 4 del sesto tuonowith Timothy Roberts (conductor)
Ricercar per sonar a 8with Timothy Roberts (conductor)
GIOVANNI GABRIELI (c1554/7-1612)
Canzon duodecimi toni a 10, C177
Canzon duodecimi toni a 10, C178
Canzon duodecimi toni a 10, C179
Canzon duodecimi toni a 8, C174
Canzon in echo duodecimi toni a 10, C180
Canzon in echo duodecimi toni a 10, per concertar con l'organo, C181
Canzon noni toni a 12, C183
Canzon noni toni a 8, C173
Canzon primi toni a 10, C176with Concerto Palatino, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
Canzon primi toni a 10, C176
Canzon primi toni a 8, C170
Canzon quarti toni a 15, C185
Canzon septimi toni a 12, C182
Canzon septimi toni a 8, C171
Canzon septimi toni a 8, C172
Exultet iam angelica turba, C131with Ex Cathedra, Concerto Palatino, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
In ecclesiis, C78with Ex Cathedra, Concerto Palatino, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
Kyrie, C71-73with Ex Cathedra, Concerto Palatino, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
Magnificat, C75with Ex Cathedra, Concerto Palatino, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
Maria virgo, C35with Ex Cathedra, Concerto Palatino, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
Omnes gentes plaudite manibus, C52with Ex Cathedra, Concerto Palatino, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
Sonata octavi toni a 12, C184
Sonata pian' e forte a 8, alla quarta bassa, C175
Vox Domini super aquas Jordanis, C64with Ex Cathedra, Concerto Palatino, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
FRANCISCO GUERRERO (1528-1599)
Duo seraphim clamabantwith Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
In exitu Israelwith Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Magnificat octavi toniwith Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Missa De la batalla escoutezwith Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Regina caeli a 8
HANS LEO HASSLER (1562-1612)
Cantate Dominowith Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Canzon duodecimi toniwith Jeremy West (conductor)
Canzon noni toniwith Jeremy West (conductor)
Domine Dominus nosterwith Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
HENRY VIII (1491-1547)
Bassedance 'En vray amoure a 4, a 6'
Bassedance 'Taunder nacken a 3'
ORLANDE DE LASSUS (1530/32-1594)
Missa Bell' Amfitrit' alterawith Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
MATTHEW LOCKE (c1621/3-1677)
For His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts 'Pavane-Almand a 6'
For His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts 'Pavane-Almand a 6'
BIAGIO MARINI (1594-1663)
Sonata a 6
Sonata a quattro tromboni
TARQUINIO MERULA (1594/5-1665)
Ciaccona
FRANCISCO DE PEÑALOSA (c1470-1528)
O Domina sanctissima
GIOVANNI PICCHI (1572-1643)
Canzon No 14 a 6
Canzon No 15 a 6
Canzon No 17 a 8
Canzon No 19 a 8
PHILIPPE ROGIER (c1561-1596)
Da pacem, Domine
Domine Dominus nosterwith Magnificat, Philip Cave (conductor)
Laudate Dominumwith Magnificat, Philip Cave (conductor)
Missa Domine Dominus nosterwith Magnificat, Philip Cave (conductor)
Missa Domine in virtute tuawith Magnificat, Philip Cave (conductor)
Missa Philippus Secundus Rex Hispaniaewith Magnificat, Philip Cave (conductor)
Regina caeliwith Magnificat, Philip Cave (conductor)
Verbum carowith Magnificat, Philip Cave (conductor)
Videntes stellamwith Magnificat, Philip Cave (conductor)
SAMUEL SCHEIDT (1587-1654)
Canzona super Cantionem Gallicam 'Est-ce Mars?'
Galliarda 'La Battaglia'
JOHANN SCHEIN (1586-1630)
Padoana
CHRISTOPHER TYE (c1505-before 15 March 1573)
In nomine IV 'Howld fast'
In nomine XI 'Farewell my good one, for ever'
In nomine XIX 'Crye'
JOHANN VIERDANCK (c1605-1646)
Sonata 28
Sonata 31 'Als ich einmal Lust bekam'
JOSÉ XIMÉNEZ (1601-1672)
Batalla de octavo tono

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

Affetti musicali, Op 1 (Marini)
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV715 (Bach)
Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV38 (Bach)
Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV686 (Bach)
Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV687 (Bach)
Bassedance 'En vray amoure a 4, a 6' (Henry VIII/McGowan)
Bassedance 'T'Andernacken a 5' (Alamire)
Bassedance 'Taunder nacken a 3' (Henry VIII)
Batalla de octavo tono (Ximénez/Roberts)
Canciones de clarines (Anon/Roberts)
Cantate Domino (Hassler)
Canzon duodecimi toni (Hassler)
Canzon duodecimi toni a 10, C177 (Gabrieli)
Canzon duodecimi toni a 10, C178 (Gabrieli)
Canzon duodecimi toni a 10, C179 (Gabrieli)
Canzon duodecimi toni a 8, C174 (Gabrieli)
Canzon in echo duodecimi toni a 10, C180 (Gabrieli)
Canzon in echo duodecimi toni a 10, per concertar con l'organo, C181 (Gabrieli)
Canzon 'La Paglia' (Erbach)
Canzon No 14 a 6 (Picchi)
Canzon No 15 a 6 (Picchi)
Canzon No 17 a 8 (Picchi)
Canzon No 19 a 8 (Picchi)
Canzon noni toni (Hassler)
Canzon noni toni a 12, C183 (Gabrieli)
Canzon noni toni a 8, C173 (Gabrieli)
Canzon primi toni a 10, C176 (Gabrieli)
Canzon primi toni a 8, C170 (Gabrieli)
Canzon quarti toni a 15, C185 (Gabrieli)
Canzon septimi toni a 12, C182 (Gabrieli)
Canzon septimi toni a 8, C171 (Gabrieli)
Canzon septimi toni a 8, C172 (Gabrieli)
Canzona a 6 (Buonamente)
Canzona super Cantionem Gallicam 'Est-ce Mars?' (Scheidt)
Ciaccona (Merula)
Cornish Dance (Brade)
Da pacem, Domine (Rogier)
De profundis clamavi (Gabrieli)
Domine Dominus noster (Hassler)
Domine Dominus noster (Rogier)
Duo seraphim clamabant (Guerrero)
Exultet iam angelica turba, C131 (Gabrieli)
Fantasia a 5 No 3 (Bassano)
Fantasia a 6 (Coprario)
For His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts (Locke/Roberts)
For His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts 'Pavane-Almand a 6' (Locke)
Galliarda 'La Battaglia' (Scheidt)
Gray's Inn the 1st (Coprario)
Hugh Ashton's Maske (Anon)
In ecclesiis, C78 (Gabrieli)
In exitu Israel (Guerrero)
In nomine IV 'Howld fast' (Tye)
In nomine V a 5 (Byrd)
In nomine XI 'Farewell my good one, for ever' (Tye)
In nomine XIX 'Crye' (Tye)
Kyrie, C71-73 (Gabrieli)
Laudate Dominum (Rogier)
Lob sei Gott, dem Vater, g'tan  
Magnificat octavi toni (Guerrero)
Magnificat, C75 (Gabrieli)
Maria virgo, C35 (Gabrieli)
Meine Seele erhebt den Herrn, BWV648 (Bach)
Missa Bell' Amfitrit' altera (Lassus)
Missa De la batalla escoutez (Guerrero)
Missa Domine Dominus noster (Rogier)
Missa Domine in virtute tua (Rogier)
Missa Pater peccavi (Gabrieli)
Missa Philippus Secundus Rex Hispaniae (Rogier)
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV62 (Bach)
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV659 (Bach)
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV661 (Bach)
O Domina sanctissima (Peñalosa)
O Jesu Christ, mein Lebens Licht, BWV118 (Bach)
O sacrum convivium (Gabrieli)
Ob bei uns ist die Sünden viel  
Omnes gentes plaudite manibus, C52 (Gabrieli)
Padoana (Schein)
Pavan and Galliard (Bassano)
Regina caeli (Rogier)
Regina caeli a 8 (Guerrero)
Ricercar a 4 del duodecimo tuono (Gabrieli)
Ricercar a 4 del primo tuono (Gabrieli)
Ricercar a 4 del sesto tuono (Gabrieli)
Ricercar per sonar a 8 (Gabrieli)
Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV36 (Bach/Roberts)
Scottish Dance (Brade/McGowan)
Sei lob und Preis mit Ehren  
Sein Lauf kam von Vater her  
Sinfonia  
Sinfonia grave: La Zorzi  
Sonata 28 (Vierdanck)
Sonata 31 'Als ich einmal Lust bekam' (Vierdanck)
Sonata a 6 (Buonamente)
Sonata a 6 (Marini)
Sonata a quattro tromboni (Marini)
Sonata duodecima (Castello)
Sonata No 10 a 3 (Castello)
Sonata No 11 a 3 (Castello)
Sonata No 13 a 4 (Castello)
Sonata No 14 a 4 (Castello)
Sonata No 17 in ecco (Castello)
Sonata No 5 a 2 (Castello)
Sonata No 8 a 2 (Castello)
Sonata octavi toni a 12, C184 (Gabrieli)
Sonata pian' e forte a 8, alla quarta bassa, C175 (Gabrieli)
The Bull Masque (Bull)
The Queen's Masque (Anon)
Tiento de segundo tono (Correa de Arauxo)
Trio super Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV660 (Bach)
Verbum caro (Rogier)
Verschiedene Canones, BWV1087 (Bach)
Videntes stellam (Rogier)
Vox Domini super aquas Jordanis, C64 (Gabrieli)
Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein 'Vor deinen Thron tret ich hiermit', BWV668 (Bach)
Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV431 (Bach)
Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV432 (Bach)
Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV641 (Bach)
When David Heard that Absalon was Slain (East)
Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, BWV29 (Bach)