Burghley Voices
A chamber choir, based in Stamford, Lincs, UK

2008 The Glories of Elizabethan Choral Musicke


A concert of unaccompanied Elizabethan choral music, sacred and secular, in the Great Hall of Burghley House

with Anna Belson - soprano
and Michael Harrison - reader


Poster | Programme
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Programme text follows:–

William BYRD (1543-1623) Mass for Four Voices (1593)
Kyrie and Gloria

Kyrie eleison. Christe eleison. Kyrie eleison.

Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis. Laudamus te, benedicimus te, adoramus te, glorificamus te. Gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam. Domine Deus rex coelestis, Deus Pater omnipotens. Domine Fili Unigenite, Jesu Christe. Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris. Qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis. Qui tollis peccata mundi, suscipe deprecationem nostram. Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, miserere nobis. Quoniam tu solus sanctus, tu solus Dominus, tu solus altissimus, Jesu Christe, cum Sancto Spiritu, in gloria Dei Patris. Amen.

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will. We praise Thee; we bless Thee; we worship Thee; we glorify Thee. We give Thee thanks for Thy great glory: O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty. O Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son. O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, Thou, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Thou Who takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. Thou Who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For Thou alone art holy; Thou alone
art the Lord; Thou alone, O Jesus Christ, together with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the
Father. Amen.

Thomas TALLIS (1505-1585)
Three Latin Anthems from “Cantiones Sacrae” 1575

1. Salvator mundi

Salvator mundi, salva nos,
qui per crucem et sanguinem redemisti nos,
auxiliare nobis, te deprecamur, Deus noster.
Saviour of the world, save us,
who through thy cross and blood didst redeem us:
help us, we beseech thee, our God.
Antiphon at Holy Unction, BCP

8. O nata lux

O nata lux de lumine,
Jesu redemptor saeculi,
Dignare clemens supplicum
Laudes precesque sumere.
Qui carne quondam contegi
Dignatus es pro perditis,
Nos membra confer effici
Tui beati corporis.

O Light born of Light,
Jesus, redeemer of the world,
with loving-kindness deign to receive
suppliant praise and prayer.
Thou who once deigned to be clothed in flesh
for the sake of the lost,
grant us to be members
of thy blessed body.
10th century hymn.

14. Dum Transisset
Dum transisset Sabbatum, Maria Magdalene, et Maria Jacobi, et Salome emerunt aromata, ut venientes unguerent Jesum. Alleluia.
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James,
and Salome brought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body.
Alleluia.

Readings
by Michael Harrison
Extracts from Isaiah chapter 40 (Coverdale)

BYRD Consort songs (dates unknown)
sung by Anna Belson - soprano

1. In angel’s weed I saw a noble Queen
Above the skies in sphere of crystal bright,
Who here on earth not long before was seen
Of divers heinous crimes to be indict,
By false suspect and jealousy of those
Whom fear had wrought to be her mortal foes.

2. O Lord, how vain are all our frail delights;
how mix’d with sour the sweet of our desire;
how subject oft to Fortune’s subtle slights;
how soon consum’d like snow against the fire.
Sith in this life our pleasures all be vain,
O lord, grant me that I may them disdain.

What prince so great as doth not seem to want;
what man so rich but still doth covet more;
to whom so large was ever Fortune’s grant
as for to have a quiet mind in store.
Sith in this life our pleasures all be vain
O Lord, grant me that I may them disdain.
possibly by Sir Philip Sidney

BYRD Mass for four voices
Credo
Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipotentem, factorem caeli et terrae, visibilium omnium et invisibilium; Et in unum Dominum, Iesum Christum,
filium Dei unigenitum, et ex Patre natum ante omnia saecula; Deum de Deo, Lumen de Lumine, Deum verum de Deo vero, genitum non factum, consubstantialem Patri, per quem omnia facta sunt; Qui propter nos homines et propter nostram salutem descendit de caelis et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto ex Maria Virgine, et homo factus est; Crucifixus etiam pro nobis sub Pontio Pilato, passus et sepultus est; et resurrexit tertia die, secundum Scripturas; et ascendit in caelum, sedet ad dexteram Patris; et iterum venturus est cum gloria, iudicare vivos et mortuos, cuius regni non erit finis; Et in Spiritum Sanctum, Dominum et vivificantem, qui ex Patri Filioque procedit; qui cum Patre et Filio simul adoratur et conglorificatur; qui locutus est per prophetas; Et unam sanctam catholicam et apostolicam Ecclesiam. Confiteor unum baptisma in remissionem peccatorum, et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum, et vitam venturi saeculi. Amen
I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages; God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one substance with the Father; through Whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation descended from the heavens, and was made flesh by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man. He was also crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; suffered, and was buried; on the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; and shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, of Whose kingdom there shall be no end; And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son; Who, together with the Father and the Son, is worshipped and glorified; Who has spoken through the Prophets. And in one holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the remission of sins, and I await the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen

TALLIS English Hymns and Anthems
Hymns from Archbishop Parker’s Psalter 1567

1. Man blest no doubt who walk’th not out in wicked men’s affairs,
and stand’th no day in sinner’s way nor sitt’th in scorner’s chairs;
but hath his will in God’s law still, this law to love aright,
and will him use, on it to muse, to keep it day and night.

2. Let God arise in majesty and scatter’d be his foes.
Yea, flee they all his sight in face, to him which hateful goes.
As smoke is driv’n and com’th to naught, repulse their tyranny.
At face of fire, as wax doth melt, God’s face the bad must fly.

If ye love me (probably around 1546-48)
If ye love me, keep my commandments.
And I will pray the Father,
and he will give you another Comforter,
that he may bide with you for ever;
e’en the Spirit of truth.
Communion Antiphon for the Sixth Sunday of Easter.
Text from the Bible, John 14: 15-17.

Hymn 3. Why fum’th in sight the gentiles spite, in fury raging stout?
Why tak’th in hand the people fond, vain things to bring about?
The kings arise, the lords devise, in counsels met thereto,
against the Lord with false accord, against his Christ they go.

BYRD Consort song
sung by Anna Belson - soprano

Ye sacred Muses, race of Jove,
whom music’s lore delighteth,
come down, come down from crystal heav’ns above,
to earth, where sorrow dwelleth.
In mourning weeds, with tears in eyes,
Tallis is dead, and music dies.

BYRD Mass for Four Voices

Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua. Hosanna in excelsis.
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. Hosanna in excelsis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei ... dona nobis pacem.

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts. The heavens and the earth are full of Thy glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is He Who cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world: have mercy on us. Lamb of God ... grant us peace.
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INTERVAL

Please enjoy a glass of wine with us
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John Dowland (1563-1626) First Booke of Songes or Ayres, 1597

1 Unquiet thoughts
Unquiet thoughts, your civil slaughter stint
And wrap your wrongs within a pensive heart.
And you my tongue that makes my mouth a mint,
And stamps my thoughts to coin them words by art.

6 Now O Now (The Frog Galliard)
Now, oh, now I needs must part,
Parting tho’ I absent mourn;
Abscence can no joy impart;
Joy once fled cannot return.
While I live I needs must love;
Love lives not when hope is gone,
Now at last despair doth prove:
Love divided loveth none.
Sad despair doth drive me hence
This despair unkindness sends.
If that parting be offence,
It is she which then offends.
Dear when I am from thee gone,
Gone are all my joys at once!
I love thee and thee alone,
In whose love I joyed once.
And altho’ your sight I leave,
Sight wherein my joys do lie,
Till that death do sense bereave,
Never shall affection die.
Sad despair …

17 Come again
Come again,
sweet love doth now invite,
thy graces that refrain
to do me due delight.
To see, to hear,
to touch, to kiss,
to die with thee again
in sweetest sympathy

Come again,
that I may cease to mourn
through thy unkind disdain
for now left and forlorn.
I sit, I sigh,
I weep, I faint,
I die, in deadly pain
and endless misery

Gentle love,
draw forth thy wounding dart:
Thou canst not pierce her heart;
For I that do approve.
By sighs and tears
more hot than are
thy shafts did tempt, while she
for triumph laughs.

BYRD Consort Song
sung by Anna Belson - soprano

My mistress had a little dog whose name was Pretty Royal,
Who neither hunted sheep nor hog, but was without denial
A tumbler fine, that might be seen to wait upon a fairy queen.
Upon his mistress he would wait in courteous wise and humble,
And with his craft and false deceit, when she would have him tumble,
Of coneys in the pleasant prime, he would kill twenty at a time.

The goddess which Diana hight among her beagles dainty
Had not a hound so fair and white, nor graced with such beauty;
And yet his beauty was not such, but his conditions were as rich.

But out, alas? I’ll speak no more. My heart with grief doth shake;
This pretty dog was wounded sore e’en for his mistress sake:
A beastly man or manly beast knock’d out his brains and so I rest.

A trial royal, royal a trial, a trial! O yes!
Ye hounds and beagles all, if ye sat in Appleton Hall:
Would you not judge that out of doubt Tyburn were fit for such a lout?

Thomas Morley canzonets

Though Philomela 1602
Though Philomela lost her love,
Fresh note she warbleth, yes again, Fa la la la la.
He is a fool that lovers prove;
And leaves to sing, to live in pain.Fa la la la la.

See mine own 1593
See, see, mine own sweet jewel,
See what I have here for my darling:
A robin-redbreast and a starling.
These I give both, in hope to move thee--
And yet thou say’st I do not love thee.

It was a lover (arr. E. W. Naylor), 1595
It was a lover, and his lass,
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino.
That o’er the green cornfields did pass,
In springtime, the only pretty ring-time,
When birds do sing, hey ding a ding a ding,
sweet lovers love the spring.

Between the acres of the rye
With a hey …
These pretty country folks would lie,
In springtime…

And therefore take the present time,
With a hey …
For love is crownèd with the prime.
In springtime,…

Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623)
Ballets and Madrigals 1598

All at Once Well Met
All at once well met fair ladies,
Sing we now our love repaid is. Fa la.
Sweet hearts do not forsake us
Till night to sleep betake us. Fa la.

Cytherea shall requite you,
With delight lest sorrow fright you. Fa la.
Then help ye dainty ladies
To sing our love repaid is. Fa la.

Sweet Love
Sweet love I will no more abuse thee,
Nor with my voice accuse thee,
But tune thy notes unto thy praise,
And tell the world love ne’er decays.
Sweet love doth concord cherish,
What wanteth concord soon doth perish.

On the Plains
On the plains, fairy trains were atreading measures,
Satyrs play’d, fairies stay’d, at the stops set leisures.
Fa la la.
Nymphs begin to come in quickly, thick and three-fold:
Now they dance, now they prance, present there to behold.
Fa la la la.

Readings
by Michael Harrison
Shakespeare Sonnets 18 and 116
Polonius speeches from Hamlet

Byrd Psalmes, sonets, & songs, 1588

No. 29 Susanna
Susanna fair some time assaulted was
By two old men desiring their delight,
Whose false intent they thought to bring to pass
If not by tender love, by force and might.
To whom she said: If I your suit deny,
You will me falsely accuse, and make me die.

And if I grant to that which you request,
My chastity shall then deflowered be,
Which is so dear to me that I detest
My life, if it berefted be from me:
And rather would I die of mine accord
Ten thousand times, than once offend the Lord.

No.12 Though Amaryllis
1. Though Amarillis daunce in green,
like Fayrie Queene,
and sing full cleere,
Corina can with smiling cheer:
yet since their eyes make hart so sore,
hey ho, chill love no more.

2. My sheepe are lost for want of food,
and I so wood:
that all the day,
I sit and watch a heardmaid gaye:
who laughes to see mee sigh so sore,
hey ho, chill love no more.

3. Love yee who list I force him not,
sith God it wot,
the more I wayle,
the lesse my sighes and teares prevaile,
what shall I doe but say therefore,
hey ho, chill love no more.


About Burghley Voices

The group of about 20 singers is based in Stamford, South Lincolnshire, and performs an eclectic and diverse range of music, under its conductor, Fergus Black. The inaugural concert in February 2008 included madrigals and part songs, ranging from Thomas Whythorne (1528-1595) to Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), plus Bach, in German and Saint-Saens, in French.

The choir is project-based. A small number of rehearsals are scheduled ahead for each concert and singers prepare the music in advance.

Sopranos
Judy Blakeborough
Helen Didsbury
Jan Marshall
Dot Bassett
Alison Lewis
Joy Pye
Anna Belson

Altos
Fiona Ayres
Helen Black
Barbara Tomlinson
Teena Twelves

Tenors
Julian Kelsey
Bill Proudlock
John Pye

Basses
Bartosz Drzewiecki
Steve Jones
Phil McCrone
Goran Radiç

Conductor
Fergus Black