|His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, Concerto Palatino, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)» More|
The canzona starts seriously, but leads through a madrigalian succession of contrasted, though related, melodies, each section rounded off by a clear cadence. The texture varies kaleidoscopically, the mid-point marked by a strikingly simple phrase in four-part harmony. A straightforward tripla, heard twice, leads into the closing canonic ‘Amen’.
from notes by Timothy Roberts © 1997