Music for Troubled Times: The English Civil War & Siege of York

Music for Troubled Times: The English Civil War & Siege of York

by Ebor Singers


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To cover the musical ramifications of the English Civil War and Siege of York, as promised by the subtitle of this Resonus release, would be a tall order, and the Ebor Singers (named for York's Roman designation, still used as an honorific for the city's archbishop) wisely choose to focus on a single event, the Siege of York in 1644. The album presents music that might have been heard in York Minster, the city's impressive cathedral, during that period, as well as some secular works that, one assumes, could have been sung in the general vicinity. Not all the music directly relates to the events of the day, but the styles pertain to the history of which they were a part, and the program hangs together well. For example, the singing of psalms by congregations was a harbinger of new democratic trends in the air, and several of them are included here. Several pieces do in fact address the turbulent times; sample Thomas Tomkins' "Sad Pavan for these distracted times" for solo organ. The Ebor Singers are an outgrowth of Paul Gameson's research interests in the period, not a virtuoso choir; the choral blend is fine, but the solos are often less than precise intonationally. Still, this may certainly be recommended to anyone with an interest in the period, historically or musically, and perhaps a model for future recordings exploring music in times of instability.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/07/2017
Label: Resonus Classics
UPC: 5060262790991
catalogNumber: 10194
Rank: 117496


  1. How Wretched is the State, for 4 voices
  2. A Funeral Anthem
  3. My God, My King, Incline Thine Ear
  4. Music, the Master of Thy Art Is Dead, madrigal for 3 voices
  5. O God, my God (Psalm 22), verse anthem for 3 voices
  6. Have Mercy on Us, Lord, verse anthem for 3 voices
  7. See How Cawood's Dragon Looks, catch for 3 voices
  8. All people that on earth do dwell (Psalm 100), verse anthem for 3 voices

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