Missa Dominus Regnavit by Lambert de Sayve
A workshop for instruments and voices
with Philip Thorby
30th September 2023, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Coffee, tea & tuning from 10am
Thorverton Parish Church of St Thomas of Canterbury,
Thorverton, Devon, EX5 5NU.
The musical director, Philip Thorby, is well known as one of the country’s leading performers and teachers in the field of Renaissance and Baroque music. He was Emeritus Fellow in Early Music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire London, and teaches widely in the UK and abroad. He was founder and Director of the Renaissance ensemble Musica Antiqua of London, which was at the forefront of research-based performance of early sixteenth-century music. He has played, recorded and broadcast with many of London’s leading Baroque orchestras and renaissance ensembles. Recordings by his group Musica Antiqua of London, are on the Naxos and Signum labels. Philip now divides his time between teaching and conducting as well as researching into Willaert and his circle in Venice.
The work to be studied has been chosen by Philip and is the Missa Dominus Regnavit à 16 by Lambert de Sayve (1548-1614). The manuscript 16702 contains the mass in four choir books. It represents the repertory at the Graz court c1600, where musical taste was largely for Venetian-style polychoral music. Other manuscripts from Graz include works by Giovanni Croce, Giovanni Priuli, Orlando di Lasso and Andrea Gabrieli, all of whom were associated with the Austrian royal house and/or Venice. The range of voices and instruments required in the Missa Dominus Regnavit are divided into four choirs and span almost three octaves. Choir III appears to be made up of singers only.
Lambert de Sayve was born in 1548/9 in the region of Liège in Belgium. As a young man he arrived at the court of Maximillian II in Vienna and was later sent by the Emperor to the renowned abbey of Melk where he became singing master for the choirboys. In 1570 he entered the service of the Princess of Austria and travelled to Spain for her wedding to the King of Spain, Philip II. De Sayve served the Archduke Charles II in Graz from 1577 to 1582. In 1583 he became Kapellmeister in Vienna at the court of the Archduke Matthias who was crowned Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in 1612. Michael Praetorius greatly admired De Sayve’s work.
At the end of the workshop there will be a short performance of the music studied to which all guests are welcome.
Please book before 16th September 2023.
Payment by BACS is preferred, but cheques (with 40p added to cover HSBC charge) may be sent to:
Dr Marilyn Pocock, Chilton, Cadeleigh, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 8RT.