On the surface Byrd & Bruckner inhabited vastly different worlds yet I suspect they shared an understanding of heaven, earth and the role of humankind. That may be fanciful, but certainly both men had deep convictions and a common faith – and both possessed the compositional gift of conjuring out of thin air (and a handful of voices) a musical vision of glory, while retaining simplicity.
With the motets and the movements of the mass interspersed we experience the contrasts, but in many ways these works form a surprisingly coherent ‘whole’.
William Byrd Kyrie from Mass for 4 voices
Anton Bruckner Ave Maria
Byrd Gloria from Mass for 4 voices
Bruckner Christus factus est
Byrd Ne irascaris
Bruckner Virga Jesse
Byrd Credo from Mass for 4 voices
Bruckner Locus iste
Byrd Sanctus from Mass for 4 voices
Bruckner Os justi
Byrd Agnus Dei from Mass for 4 voices
Byrd Laudibus in sanctis