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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, Taverner & Tye: Western Wynde Mass
CDGIM027
Sheppard: Church Music, Vol. 1
CDA66259Archive Service; also available on CDS44401/10
Sheppard: Church Music, Vol. 2
CDA66418Archive Service; also available on CDS44401/10
Sheppard: Church Music, Vol. 3
CDA66570Archive Service; also available on CDS44401/10
Sheppard: Church Music, Vol. 4
CDA66603Archive Service; also available on CDS44401/10
Sheppard: Media vita
CDGIM016
A Song of Farewell
Studio Master: SIGCD281Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Mary and Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey
CDA67704
Music from the Chirk Castle Part-Books
CDA67695
Naked Byrd
SIGCD180Download only
Renaissance Radio
CDGIM2122CDs for the price of 1
Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 1
GIMBX301Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only
Taverner, Tye & Sheppard: Western Wynde Mass
CDGIM027
The English Anthem, Vol. 8
CDA67483
The Essential Tallis Scholars
CDGIM2012CDs for the price of 1
The Sixteen & The Golden Age of Polyphony
CDS44401/1010CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
The Tallis Scholars sing Tudor Church Music, Vol. 2
CDGIM2102CDs for the price of 1
Tye, Sheppard & Taverner: Western Wynde Mass
CDGIM027
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 1
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP12Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Complete works available for download

Aeterne rex altissimeThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Audivi vocem de caeloThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Ave maris stellaThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Beata nobis gaudiaThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Christe redemptor omniumThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Deus tuorum militum IThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Dum transisset Sabbatum IThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Dum transisset Sabbatum IIThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Filiae HierusalemThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Gaude, gaude, gaude MariaThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Haec dies quam fecit DominusThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Hostis Herodes impieThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Impetum fecerunt unanimesThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
In manus tuas IThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
In manus tuas IThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
In manus tuas IGabrieli Consort, Paul McCreesh (conductor)
In manus tuas IIThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
In manus tuas IIThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
In manus tuas IIIThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
In manus tuas IIIThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
In pace, in idipsumThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Iusti in perpetuum viventThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Jesu salvator saeculi, redemptisThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Jesu salvator saeculi, verbumThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Laudem dicite DeoThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Libera nos, salva nos IThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Libera nos, salva nos IArmonico Consort, Christopher Monks (conductor)
Libera nos, salva nos ISt Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor)
Libera nos, salva nos IWestminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Libera nos, salva nos IIThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Media vitaThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Missa CantateThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
O God Be Merciful Unto Us, and Bless UsThe Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice (conductor)
Paschal KyrieThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Reges Tharsis et insulaeThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Reges Tharsis et insulaeThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Sacris solemniisThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Sacris solemniisThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Salvator mundi, DomineThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Sancte Dei pretioseThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Second ServiceThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Second ServiceWestminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Spiritus Sanctus procedens IThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Spiritus Sanctus procedens IIThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Submit yourselves one to anotherThe Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice (conductor)
Te DeumThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Verbum caro factum estThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Verbum caro factum estThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Western Wynde MassThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Western Wynde MassThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)

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  
Magnificat  
Media vita (Sheppard)
Missa Cantate (Sheppard)
My soul doth magnify the Lord  
Nunc dimittis  
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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