Music from the Eton Choirbook
Music of Browne, Fayrfax, Kellyk, and Sutton
Pre-Concert Lecture 7:00 PM - Mr. James Kennerley
Music from the Eton Choirbook, the richly illuminated survivor of Reformation and Civil War, was assembled in the years around the turn of the 16th century for the chapel at Eton College. These remarkable choral works remain unrivaled in the vast body of the early Renaissance Choral music. The composers performed on this concert; John Browne, William Cornysh, Robert Fayrfax, Hugh Kellyk, and John Sutton each contributed to the sublime beauty of the music offered in the Eton College chapel and date between 1477 and 1500. While little known today, these most excellent musicians were among the best of 15th Century England. Brought together by the college and assembled in the extravagant and iconic choirbook each composer created a unique world of sound, texture, and harmony. The antiphons were composed primarily for a devotion known as the Salve, an almost entirely musical meditation in praise of the Virgin Mary. The music on this program Ranging from four to seven voices, defined a culture and its devotional practices in late medieval England during the reign of the first Tudor, Henry VII.
Salve Regina - John Sutton (fl. 1475)
Magnificat - Robert Fayrfax (1464-1521)
Ave Maria mater Dei - William Cornysh (d. 1521)
Stabat Mater John Browne ( fl. 1490)
Gaude flore virginali - Hugh Kellyk (fl. 1480)
Polyhymnia is supported, in part by public funds from The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.