Sunday 2nd October: Trinity 16
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–91), Missa brevis in B flat major K. 275
This mass was probably written in the early 1770s while Mozart was working in Salzburg, and may have been first performed in the cathedral there. This lively and dance-like setting is typical of the charming music the young Mozart was writing in this period.
William Byrd (c. 1540-1623), Civitas sancti tui
This profound anthem is the second part of Byrd’s longer work Ne irascaris domine, a meditation on the desolation of Jerusalem, and a text with great personal meaning for Byrd, a recusant Catholic in Elizabethan England. Rich harmonies and textures, and a generally low range for the voices give this anthem a special and haunting beauty.
Hildegard of Bingen (c. 1098-1179), O eterne Deus
As well as a composer, Hildegard was a nun, poet, theologian, painter, scientist, linguist, and mystic, and is one of the most significant figures of the high Middle Ages. This beautiful chant (for which she wrote both the music and text) is an exhalation to eternal god to save humanity through love.