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Gallicantus perform music surrounding the fascinating yet tragic story of Queen Mary Tudor’s ‘phantom pregnancy’. On 30th April 1555 the city of London celebrated the birth of a healthy male heir, but abruptly ceased the next day after the news was revealed to be nothing but rumour. There was to be no heir, with gossip and speculation surrounding the tale of Mary’s pregnancy from that day onwards.
The music performed here resonates with the circumstances of the mid-1550s, including items composed outside of Mary’s reign; from the royal ceremonies in which Mary participated as queen, and music directly tied to the specific events of 1554-5. This includes a newly-reconstructed Litany which was performed during Mary’s assumed pregnancy.
The viewpoint shifts from the streets of London and its suburbs, through the ceremonial grandeur of the royal palaces and their chapels, to the intimacy of the Privy Chamber itself.
Philip van Wilder: Pater noster
William Mundy: Exsurge Christe
Christopher Tye: Peccavimus cum patribus
Peccavimus cum patribus
Orlando di Lasso: Te spectant, Reginalde, poli
Te spectant, Reginalde, poli
Thomas Tallis: Like as the Doleful Dove
Like as the Doleful Dove
Anonymous: New Ballad of the Marigold
New Ballad of the Marigold
Anthony Newman: Fansye
Anonymous: Sarum Litany
Thomas Tallis: O sacrum convivium
O sacrum convivium
Thomas Tallis: Quod chorus vatum
Quod chorus vatum
John Sheppard: Christi virgo dilectissima
Christi virgo dilectissima
John Sheppard: Deus misereatur
Thomas Tallis: When Shall My Sorrowful Sighing Slack
When Shall My Sorrowful Sighing Slack
John Sheppard: Vain, All Our Life I
Vain, All Our Life I
John Sheppard: Martyr Dei qui unicum
Martyr Dei qui unicum
Thomas Tallis: Loquebantur variis linguis
Loquebantur variis linguis
John Sheppard: Libera nos, salva nos
Libera nos, salva nos
John Sheppard: Vain, All Our Life II
Vain, All Our Life II
18th February 2017
“An intriguing idea… radiantly sung, a story told with relish and great historical context musically and in the extensive notes”