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Tonus Peregrinus recorded a series of 'milestones of Western Music' for Naxos including the first polyphony and music in four parts, Léonin / Pérotin – Sacred Music from Notre-Dame Cathedral; the first-ever opera or musical comedy, Le Jeu de Robin et de Marion; the first polyphonic settings of the Mass and the Passion, The Mass of Tournai; the first new sounds of the Renaissance, Sweet Harmony – masses and motets by John Dunstaple; a re-invention of the first English hymnbook from 1623, Hymns and Songs of the Church, and perhaps the jewel in the crown, Music from the Eton Choirbook.
Tonus Peregrinus has a history of performing at extraordinary occasions such as the memorials for Alexander Litvinenko—a former audience member—and of putting on remarkable live productions such as a semi-staged version of the 14th-century Le Voir Dit by Guillaume de Machaut; other innovative projects include The Naxos Book of Carols—circulated to millions of homes in the UK and available as a printed carol-book from Faber Music—and the ensemble’s studio rendition of Tears for Fears’s Mad World.
At the core of Tonus Peregrinus are a dozen or so singers who combine their diverse expertise to interpret a repertoire ranging from the end of the Dark Ages to scores where the ink is still wet. This breadth of vision is reflected in the name of the ensemble which comes from an ancient plainsong psalm tone with Jewish origins, directly linked to the Passover and the Last Supper. The tonus peregrinus chant starts on a different note in each half, hence 'wandering tone' and was nicknamed tonus novissimus , the 'newest'. After more than three decades, the founding vision is as strong as ever: authentic & original.