Christopher Tye: Missa Euge bone & Western Wynde Mass

Released May 2012 (Hyperion CDA67928)

Tye Missa Euge Bone

A well-judged selection of sacred music by sixteenth-century English composer Christopher Tye, including his masterpiece the Missa Euge bone.

Christoper Tye
Quaesumus omnipotens et misericors Deus
Missa Euge Bone

Give almes of thy goods
Christ rising
Peccavimus cum patribus nostris
Western Wynde Mass
Nunc Dimittis

James O’Donnell conductor
The Choir of Westminster Abbey

Christopher Tye flourished as a church musician in England during the mid-sixteenth century. A direct contemporary of Thomas Tallis, he held the prestigious post of Master of Choristers at Ely Cathedral and successfully managed to compose music for both Protestant and Catholic services during a politically unstable time. Henry VIII was a fan, asserting: ‘England one god, one truth, one doctor hath for music’s art—and that is Dr Tye’.

The composer was also described as ‘peevish and humoursome’, and these qualities are reflected in his remarkably individual music, characterized by unpredictable cadences and phrases of often unexpectedly startling beauty. The two major works on this recording are his masterful Missa Euge bone for six voices, and his Western Wynde Mass, probably an early work, and likely written as a complement to John Taverner’s own Mass based on this secular English song.


"Westminster Abbey Choir are on brilliant form here, trebles crisp and alert and lay vicars forthright and muscular"
- The Observer

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