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John Sheppard

born: c1515
died: 1558
country: United Kingdom

John Sheppard (c1515–1558) is thought to have been a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral in or around 1530, although information supporting this theory has proved difficult to come by. By Michaelmas 1543 he is known to have been Informator Choristarum (director of music) at Magdalen College Oxford, where he is reputed to have blotted his copybook through various misdeeds. On further investigation, this mistaken allegation has arisen from a misreading of the college’s records: it was Richard Sheppar (and not Sheppard) who was the culprit. Sheppard later appears in the records of the Chapel Royal (from 1547).

Sadly, much of Sheppard’s music has been lost. His compositions survive in partbooks at Christ Church Oxford, and testify to the elaborate style of church music from the reign of Mary Tudor (1553–1558). These were turbulent times: after Henry VIII’s death, the ten-year-old Edward VI became King. During his reign the first Prayer Books were issued by Archbishop Cranmer in 1549 and 1553. Edward bequeathed the crown to Lady Jane Grey who was proclaimed Queen, but was arrested and executed at the Tower. Mary was a Catholic, acknowledged the supremacy of the Pope, and had Cranmer burnt at the stake, replacing him with a Catholic Archbishop. Her persecution of Protestants earned her the nickname ‘Bloody Mary’. For church musicians this must have been a traumatic time – they had to hedge their bets as to whether to compose in Latin or the vernacular. Latin music might have become passé with alarming suddenness.

from notes by William McVicker 2005

Albums
'Sheppard: Church Music, Vol. 1' (CDA66259)
Sheppard: Church Music, Vol. 1
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'Sheppard: Church Music, Vol. 2' (CDA66418)
Sheppard: Church Music, Vol. 2
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'Sheppard: Church Music, Vol. 3' (CDA66570)
Sheppard: Church Music, Vol. 3
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'Sheppard: Church Music, Vol. 4' (CDA66603)
Sheppard: Church Music, Vol. 4
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'Mary and Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey' (CDA67704)
Mary and Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey
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'Music from the Chirk Castle Part-Books' (CDA67695)
Music from the Chirk Castle Part-Books
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'The English Anthem, Vol. 8' (CDA67483)
The English Anthem, Vol. 8
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'The Sixteen & The Golden Age of Polyphony' (CDS44401/10)
The Sixteen & The Golden Age of Polyphony
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'The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 1' (HYP12)
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 1
HYP12  Super-budget price sampler — Deleted  
On other labels
'Sheppard, Taverner & Tye: Western Wynde Mass' (CDGIM027)
Sheppard, Taverner & Tye: Western Wynde Mass
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'Sheppard: Media vita' (CDGIM016)
Sheppard: Media vita
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'Renaissance Radio' (CDGIM212)
Renaissance Radio
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'Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 1' (GIMBX301)
Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 1
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'Taverner, Tye & Sheppard: Western Wynde Mass' (CDGIM027)
Taverner, Tye & Sheppard: Western Wynde Mass
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'The Essential Tallis Scholars' (CDGIM201)
The Essential Tallis Scholars
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'The Tallis Scholars sing Tudor Church Music, Vol. 2' (CDGIM210)
The Tallis Scholars sing Tudor Church Music, Vol. 2
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'Tye, Sheppard & Taverner: Western Wynde Mass' (CDGIM027)
Tye, Sheppard & Taverner: Western Wynde Mass
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Aeterne rex altissime (Sheppard)
Audivi vocem de caelo (Sheppard)
Ave maris stella (Sheppard)
Beata nobis gaudia (Sheppard)
Christe redemptor omnium (Sheppard)
Deus tuorum militum I (Sheppard)
Dum transisset Sabbatum I (Sheppard)
Dum transisset Sabbatum II (Sheppard)
Filiae Hierusalem (Sheppard)
Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria (Sheppard)
Haec dies quam fecit Dominus (Sheppard)
Hostis Herodes impie (Sheppard)
Impetum fecerunt unanimes (Sheppard)
In manus tuas I (Sheppard)
In manus tuas II (Sheppard)
In manus tuas III (Sheppard)
In pace, in idipsum (Sheppard)
Iusti in perpetuum vivent (Sheppard)
Jesu salvator saeculi, redemptis (Sheppard)
Jesu salvator saeculi, verbum (Sheppard)
Laudem dicite Deo (Sheppard)
Libera nos, salva nos I (Sheppard)
Libera nos, salva nos II (Sheppard)
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace  First line to Nunc dimittis, Evening Canticle 2 of Second Service (Sheppard)
Magnificat  Evening Canticle 1 of Second Service (Sheppard)
Media vita (Sheppard)
Missa Cantate (Sheppard)
My soul doth magnify the Lord  First line to Magnificat, Evening Canticle 1 of Second Service (Sheppard)
Nunc dimittis  Evening Canticle 2 of Second Service (Sheppard)
O God Be Merciful Unto Us, and Bless Us (Sheppard)
Paschal Kyrie (Sheppard)
Reges Tharsis et insulae (Sheppard)
Sacris solemniis (Sheppard)
Salvator mundi, Domine (Sheppard)
Sancte Dei pretiose (Sheppard)
Second Service (Sheppard)
Spiritus Sanctus procedens I (Sheppard)
Spiritus Sanctus procedens II (Sheppard)
Submit yourselves one to another (Sheppard)
Te Deum (Sheppard)
Verbum caro factum est (Sheppard)
Western Wynde Mass (Sheppard)
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