EditorialOur next event is the Striggio 40-part motet for voices and instruments (including recorders) at Waltham Abbey. I’m sure it will be just as good as Philip Thorby’s day last year doing Tallis’s 40-part spem, so I’m really annoyed that I can’t come because I’m playing in a concert the same day. I’d just like to say how much I enjoyed seeing everyone at the baroque day in Oxford which Peter Collier organised magnificently as usual, bringing a load of harpsichords down from Manchester and arranging all the groups and their music, as well as coping with a few unexpected hitches – including the absence for the first hour of two string players and their harpsichord after a flock of sheep escaped from an overturned lorry on the motorway. This has been a good month for me musically, because I’ve also just spent a weekend in Cambridge, singing in Trinity College chapel with Michael Procter, organised by EEMF. The music was Ludwig Daser’s Missa super Ave Maria, based on Josquin’s motet Ave Maria…Virgo Serena. The motet, which we also sang, exists in a four-part version and also in a six-part, to my mind improved, version with the additional two parts possibly added by Daser himself. Daser was born in Munich in about 1525 and became Kapellmeister of the Hofkapelle in 1552, four years before Lassus joined the choir. I’d never heard of him before this weekend was announced, but I rightly assumed that Michael would have found some very worthwhile music for us to work on, as he always does. It was lovely to sing in Trinity College chapel, and it crossed my mind that perhaps TVEMF could do something similar in Oxford. I was at St Hugh’s which only has a small chapel, but if any other member has connections with a college with a suitable chapel please let me know. Many thanks to D Arrowsmith for his contribution to Tamesis this month. He always sends something at this time of year and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
Popes, Prelates and Priests – a music quizTaken by kind permission of Susan Yaxley from “The Larks Music Quiz Omnibus”
published by the Larks Press, Ordnance Farm, Guist Bottom, Norfolk .
Answers at the end.
I first came across the Larks Press when I bought their booklet about the Elizabeth actor Will Kemp who danced from London to Norwich (now unfortunately out of print). They have a varied and interesting catalogue, much of it about local history, which you can see at www.booksatlarkspress.co.uk and in exchange for permission to use some of their music quizzes in Tamesis I’ve been asked to mention their latest publication “Life of Song” by Robert Yates.
Letter to the editorDear Tamesis, Christine Edwards's account of Music for the Annunciation with Andrew Carwood (Perivale, 25 February) makes me wish I had not had to work that day. However, she must be confusing her bucolic occupations in ascribing Verbum caro factum est to John Farmer: John Sheppard, surely? Yrs, Michael Frost