Critical mass

Byrd: Mass for 3 voices Pro Arte Singers. Paul Hillier The opening of the Byrd 3-part mass. The composer produced three settings of the liturgical text: in four parts (published 1592-93); three parts (1593-94) and five parts (1594-95). Since Catholicism was proscribed under Elizabeth I, they seem to have been intended for single voice performance […]

What’s tonality? Who’s André Caplet?

Two very good questions: the first is central to our understanding of western music and particularly of the way it ‘evolved’ during the 19th and 20th centuries. Not that easy to explain without loads of jargon: I’ll do my best! (…for those of you who want to follow Schönberg as he takes his first nervous(?) […]