Weelkes


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Weelkes

(wiːlks)
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(Biography) Thomas. ?1575–1623, English composer of madrigals
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\PAISLEY ABBEY Services for Palm/Passion Sunday are 11am morning service, 12.15pm Holy Communion and 7.30 pm Compline At 11am the Introit will be Hosanna to the Son of David by Weelkes and the anthems will be Puerum Hebraeorum by Vittoria and Ave verum corpus by Byrd.
He will be performing pieces by JS Bach, Brahms, Buxtehude, Camilleri, Elgar, Hanff, Mendelssohn, Stanford, Weelkes and others.
Alwes spends the bulk of this chapter on Italian and English madrigals, using Cipriano de Rore, Carlo Gesualdo, and Thomas Weelkes as representative composers of the genre.
Later in the week the world-famous vocal ensemble Stile Antico, leading exponents of early vocal music, perform their special programme celebrating the Shakespeare 400 Anniversary with music of his time, including Byrd, Dowland and Weelkes.
As a straightforward collection of 22 unaccompanied works in seven languages by such composers (among others, including Anon.) as Byrd, Weelkes, Tomkins and Tallis, and the less-familiar Padilla, Pascual, Hernandez and Zespedes, it sounded fine and the 10-voice Ex Cathedra Consort sang everything with mellifluous tone, elegantly contoured phrasing and subtly tempered dynamics.
Composers include Renaissance masters Thomas Weelkes, Leonhard Lechner, Jacques Arcadelt, Nicholas Gombert, Juan del Encina and Pedro de Escobar.
The name, he says, has nothing to do with the current Queen but harks back to Elizabeth I, who engaged the services of six favoured musicians to write and perform for her at court - Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Thomas Tomkins, Thomas Morley, Orlando Gibbons and Thomas Weelkes.
This will include madrigals by Thomas Weelkes, John Wilbye, Thomas Campion and John Bennet.
Purcell, Locke, Blow, Weelkes and Croft are the best known of the group, but this disc of mostly anthems also includes pieces by Martin Peerson, John Coperario, Robert Ramsey, Thomas Lupo and John Milton (father of the poet).
Barrow chose well: "Hark All Ye Saints Above" (Thomas Weelkes), "Joy is Within You" (Giovanni Gastoldi), "I Love, Alas, I Love Thee" (Thomas Morley), and "Sing We and Chant It" (Morley) are all well known to groups of madrigal singers, and, according to Renaissance practice, are fair game for instrumental transcription.
The programme, entitled Drop, drop slow tears, features Tallis's Mass for Four Voices and Weelkes' poignant When David Heard, plus anthems by Byrd, Morley, Gibbons, Wise and Blow.
In his notes for a CD that includes The Morning of the Year, as well as The Golden Goose, Raymond Head states that the Scottish composer Granville Bantock was the first to use the term 'choral ballet', and suggests that there was a conscious attempt on Holst's part to link back to the 'Balletts' of Thomas Weelkes and Thomas Morley, which combined dance and song.