Unsurpassed Renaissance Master
Sunday, May 31, 3:00 p.m., St. Bernadette Church
70 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring, MD (just off the Beltway, free parking)
Gradualia Propers for Pentecost
Mass for Four Voices
Latin motets and English anthems
* Byrd's brilliant, luminous Gradualia Propers for Pentecost were composed in honor of
his Catholic faith, at considerable personal risk in early 17th century Protestant England.
* Byrd's great Mass for Four Voices is universally regarded as one of the most profound
settings of the Mass in the history of choral music.
* Revered by his fellow Elizabethan and Jacobean composers as "a Father of Musick,
never without reverence to be named of the musicians," Byrd was preeminent both as
a composer of Latin motets and Protestant England's new English anthems.
* Chantry also sings this music for a special Vigil Mass for the Feast of Pentecost at 7:00
p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 5121 Woodland Way,