The Early Muse Playlist

Sunday, February 22 2015

The Penitential Psalms of David are sung throughout the period leading up to Holy Week. The settings by Orlande de Lassus are especially moving. Our music for Lent includes Lenten motets and the magnificent recording by Collegium Vocale Ghent of Psalm #102 "O Lord hear my prayer and let my cry come unto Thee."


            Timor et tremor - Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge

            Omnia tempus habent (for brass) - His Majestie's Cornetts & Sagbutts

            O Maria & O Peccator - Choir of St. John's College

            Tristis est anima mea - Choir of New College, Oxford

            Two pieces for recorders - I Fiamminghi

            Penitential Psalm #102, Domine exaudi orationem meam -

                        Collegium Vocale Ghent/Philippe Herreweghe

Sunday, February 15 2015

Only occasional early music specific to Carnival has survived but street theater and outdoor dances were popular at all times, including Carnival. We celebrate the occasion with Heinrich Biber's Carnival music of the animals, Orazio Vecchi's comic L'Amfiparnaso and the street theater of 17th century Paris.


Michael Praetorius: The frog dance - Les Boréades

Heinrich Biber: Sonata Representativa - Il Giardino Armonico

Lambert Beaulieu: Ballet Comique de la Reine - Les Boréades

Orazio Vecchi: L'Amfiparnaso, Act 2 - Deller Consort/Collegium Aureum

Guillaume Dumanoir: Dances from Les Tabarinades - Les Boréades

Gabriel Bataille: Qui veux chasser une migraine - Les Voix Humaines

Sunday, February 8 2015

The love songs of early Spain are full of the pains of hope and rejection. We celebrate Valentine's Day with "Ay, amor loco - Ah, foolish love!" - songs of medieval and renaissance masters and of Luis de Briceño, a Spaniard at the court in 17th century France.


Martin Codax: Mia Irmana fremosa/Mandad' ei comigo - Dufay Collective

Enrique de Valderrábano: Two Sonetos for vihuela - Juan Carlos Rivera

Miguel de Fuenllana: Morenica - Carlos Mena/Nuria Rial

Luys Milán: Amor que tan bien sirviendo - Montserrat Figueras

Francisco Guerrero: Ojos claros y serenos - Hesperion

Luis de Briceño: Gaitas, Pasacalle & Canario - Le Poème Harmonique

Luis de Briceño: Ay, amor loco! - Le Poème Harmonique

Luis de Briceño: No soy yo & Çaravanda - Le Poème Harmonique

Sunday, February 1 2015

The English church anthem largely replaced the Latin motet during the Anglican Reformation. We follow the development of full anthems for choirs alone and verse anthems for soloists, choirs and instruments from the pioneering days of William Byrd to a glorious climax with Henry Purcell.


Thomas Weelkes: Verse anthem "I heard a voice" - Winchester Cathedral Choir

Orlando Gibbons: Full anthem "Clap your hands" - Magdalen College Choir, Oxford

Orlando Gibbons: Verse anthem "See, see, the word is incarnate" - Magdalen College

William Byrd: Christe qui lux est - The Rose Consort of Viols

William Byrd: Sacred song "Out of the Orient crystal skies" - Emma Kirkby

William Byrd: Verse anthem "Thou that guidest" - Magdalen College

Matthew Locke: Verse anthem "How sits the city solitary" - New College Choir, Oxford

Thomas Campian: Sacred song "Never weather beaten sail" - Elin Thomas

Henry Purcell: Full anthem "Hear my prayer" - The King's Consort/New College

Henry Purcell: Verse anthem "Rejoice in the Lord alway" - King's Consort