GSCC Member Event

Uniquely English: Gibbons and Tomkins
17th century sacred and secular English music

Event Type: Concert
Ticket Prices: Free will offering
Event Dates:
Sunday, AprilApr 9, 4:30pm at Trinity Parish Episcopal Church, Seattle, WA

Description

This program explores the unique harmonic expressivity and musical rhetoric in the English vocal and choral music of Orlando Gibbons and Thomas Tomkins, as influenced by King James I, whose rule began in 1603. Both were active composers and keyboardists at the Chapel Royal during his reign, and their music helped bridge the gap between the austere polyphony that was a hallmark of the Tudor Era, and the progressive turn towards an English musical language marked by melancholy and sensuality.

Uniquely English: Gibbons and Tomkins. Ghent Altarpiece, Jan van Eyck: Detail, Angel Musicians
Uniquely English: Gibbons and Tomkins. Ghent Altarpiece, Jan van Eyck: Detail, Angel Musicians
Sine Nomine: Renaissance Choir. Photo by Ruth Emerson
Sine Nomine: Renaissance Choir. Photo by Ruth Emerson