Show me, deare Christ - a reflection on the Credo of Byrd’s 5-part Mass

2015

by Alexander L'Estrange


Alexander L'Estrange's Show me deare Christ was a reflection on the Credo of Byrd's mass with L'Estrange writing the work as an examination of what Credo (I believe) would have meant to a recusant Catholic like Byrd. So L'Estrange's macaronic setting mixes John Donne's Holy Sonnett XVIII with words by Jesuit martyrs like Edmund Campion and Robert Southwell, plus text Byrd's will and Latin from the creed and the Athanasian creed. L'Estrange's music gave us a bright, flexible sound with interruptions and interpolations, a sense of the disparate nature of the thoughts arising from the text. It is a highly complex piece, perhaps a little disparate at times and again I come back to the necessity to be able to either hear the words or read them to apprehend the music in better detail. This is a work I would like to hear more of, and look forward to being able to hear it on the choir's forthcoming CD, Upheld By Stillness. Planet Hugill (Robert Hugill), 10 February 2016


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