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Audivi vocem de caelo

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Matthew 25: 4-6; Respond at Matins on All Saints' Day

The music of John Sheppard represents a last glorious flowering of the pre-Reformation spirit in England, akin to Perpendicular architecture. The soaring lines of his polyphony reach heavenward like a spire, his choral textures seem filled with light like an East Anglian church interior. All too little is known of this extraordinary composer. He was choirmaster at Magdalen College, Oxford, from 1543 to 1548 and a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal from about this time until his death. Most of his surviving music is for the Latin rite, some of it dating from the brief and unhappy period of Catholic revival during the reign of Mary Tudor in the 1550s. Audivi vocem, a respond for All Saints’ Day, is typical of much English church music of this time in consisting of alternating sections of Gregorian chant and polyphony.

from notes by Collegium Records 2000


Blessed spirit
COLCD127Download only
Sheppard: Church Music, Vol. 3
CDA66570Archive Service; also available on CDS44401/10
The Sixteen & The Golden Age of Polyphony
CDS44401/1010CDs Boxed set (at a special price)


Track 6 on CDA66570 [4'05] Archive Service; also available on CDS44401/10
Track 13 on CDS44401/10 CD8 [4'05] 10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 17 on COLCD127 [4'00] Download only

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