John Taverner – The Western Wind Mass
per 10 copies
43 pages. SATB.
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The three “Western Wind” Masses by Sheppard, Taverner and Tye are the only English Masses of the Renaissance era that are based on a secular model – the popular monophonic song “Western wind, when wilt thou blow”. Of the three, Taverner’s setting is generally considered to have been the first to be composed, possibly as a result of his Protestant leanings (aesthetically the Mass fits well with the Lutheran ideal of ‘Why should the devil have all the best tunes?’). The melody is subtly woven into the polyphonic texture, freely moving between the Triplex, Contratenor and Bassus.
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