New Service Music for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany

During Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany we will be using new service music — and I use the word “new” advisedly.  Most of our music is derived from the English Renaissance.  The Nicene Creed and Sanctus are composed by Thomas Tallis for his Dorian Service, probably shortly after the 1552 Book of Common Prayer was published.  The Lord’s Prayer is by 17th century William Smith, who was a minor canon (lesser clergy) at Durham Cathedral.  He is known for his choral anthems and organ pieces, but obviously composed service music, too.

Here is a sample from the Chapelle du Roi doing the Nicene Creed.


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