March 19, 2017 | Sunday 3:00 p.m.
Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St., Tucson, Arizona
The English viol consort Fretwork presents a program of 16th- and 17th-century English composers. “In Nomine” was a style of instrumental music based on plainsong antiphon and was named after John Taverner’s setting of the In nomine Domini (“In the name of the Lord”) section of the Benedictus in his mass, Gloria tibi Trinitas. Taverner’s In nomine Domini served as a model for similar works by composers such as Tye, Parsons, Byrd, Gibbons and Lawes. Although instrumental styles changed, the title and plainsong melody remained in use through the time of Henry Purcell.
Few other ensembles can match the range of Fretwork’s repertory, spanning as it does the first printed music of 1501 in Venice, to music commissioned by the group this year. This extraordinary breadth of music has taken them all over the world in the 25 years since their debut, and their recordings of the classic English viol repertory—Purcell, Gibbons, Lawes and Byrd—have become the benchmark by which others are judged. Their 2009 recording of the Purcell Fantasias won the Gramophone Award for Baroque Chamber Music.
“It is hard to imagine consort playing of greater refinement or subtlety than this.”
–The Times (London)