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Music for Compline

Sunday, 5 July, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Music for Compline

Festival d’Arts Sacrés d’Évron

Basilique Notre Dame de l’Épine, Evron, France


As the darkness folded around the pillars of their churches, mediaeval worshippers gathered for the service of Compline, commending themselves to God’s protection through the long watches of the night. It was an occasion that inspired the great English composers to some of their most intimate and uplifting music. This magical programme of Compline music ranges from exquisitely simple hymns to breathtakingly complex webs of polyphony, culminating in John Taverner’s thrilling votive antiphon, Ave Dei patris filia. Much of the repertoire is taken from Stile Antico’s GRAMMY-nominated debut recording Music for Compline, winner of the 2007 Diapason d’or de l’année for Early Music.

William Byrd: I laid me downe to rest
John Sheppard: Libera nos I and II
Plainchant: Veni Domine
Thomas Tallis: In manus tuas
Robert White: Christe qui lux es et dies IV
Tallis: In pace in idipsum
Byrd: Nunc dimittis (Gradualia)
William Mundy: O Lord, the maker of all thing
Sheppard: Jesu, Salvator saeculi, verbum
Sheppard: The Lord’s Prayer
Plainchant: Miserere mihi, Domine
Tallis: Miserere nostri
Byrd: Miserere mihi
Plainchant: Salva nos, Domine
Christopher Tye: Nunc dimittis
Sheppard: In manus tuas
Tallis: Te lucis ante terminum (Festal)
John Taverner: Ave Dei patris filia

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