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Madonna and Child with Angels (c1455) by Filippo Lippi (c1406-1469)
Uffizi Gallery, Florence / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDGIM208
Recording details: Unknown
Tewkesbury Abbey, Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Produced by Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Engineered by Philip Hobbs & Neil Hutchinson
Release date: November 2007
Total duration: 4 minutes 52 seconds

Vigilate
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Other recordings available for download
The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Vigilate is a favourite motet with singers and writers on Byrd’s music alike for its energy and madrigalian resourcefulness. Since it was first published in 1589 we may conclude that it was written in the first half of Byrd’s career, probably for the Chapel Royal to sing as a non-liturgical extra item at any service in Advent. Its Latin text and the outward-going nature of the music suggest that it did not come under direct Anglican influence, but anticipated a more courtly audience. The madrigalisms are expertly managed: the spirited ascending scale for the crowing cock at ‘an galli cantu’, the slowing down of the harmonic rhythm for the sleep-laden ‘dormientes’, the breath-taking speed of the imitation, amounting to a brief canon between soprano and second tenor, at ‘repente’ (one of the trickiest phrases to make cohere that I know).

from notes by Peter Phillips © 2006


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'Byrd: Playing Elizabeth's Tune' (CDGIM992)
Byrd: Playing Elizabeth's Tune
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