Continuing our overview of next Monday’s birthday setlist (you can read Part 1 here), here are another couple of appetite-whetters.
Back in June, in among weightier works by Byrd, Lassus, Morales et al was Aichinger‘s Regina coeli, a charming little confection as you can hear:
I recall that the tenors had a great time swinging those laetares, so let’s see if we can’t get ’em swinging again next Monday.
Despite my deep aversion to the form, we nonetheless seem to have ended up with the tradition of making May the month for a Madrigal Special. (Why do I do it to myself? Why?)
While Wilbye‘s Draw on sweet night was the undoubted masterpiece of the session, I’ve selected Pilkington’s strophic Rest sweet nymphs, as it is just about the loveliest dollop of minor mode melancholy you could hope for. And not a bloody fa la la in sight.
More setlist revelations tomorrow.
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