Winter Lecture Study Days: Reformation Music

ReformationMusicRetirement periods of liturgical change are always demanding, particularly for musicians and composers who need respond quickly to new texts and new priorities.

The speed and uncertainty of the changes during the Reformation period made the musical task particularly challenging. Yet this led to a great flowering of English church music with many notable composers, some of whom retained their Catholic convictions while starting to write in a more direct and straightforward style in their music for the new vernacular liturgies.

This day will explore the changing religious positions of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, trying to uncover ways in which composers responded to changing circumstances. We will try to look at musical developments not just in the context of the Chapel Royal but to see what might have happened in the provincial cathedrals and at Salisbury in particular. We will see how two extreme positions, during the reigns of Edward VI and Mary, found a balance during the reign of Elizabeth I.

In particular, we will look at the music of Tallis and Byrd, whose compositions reveal a conflict between their public music for the Anglican rite and their own private faith, revealed in much of their music with Latin texts.

This lecture will expand on the theme of the Winter Lecture given at Salisbury Cathedral on 25 February 2014 at 6.30pm by Timothy Hone.

Price  £45, includes lunch and refreshments

Contact Alison Ogden for booking enquiries  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception)