Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Westron Wynde

Westron wynde, when wyll thow blow
the smalle rayne downe can rayne?
Cryst yf my love were in my armys,
And I yn my bed agayne!

Words and music from a Tudor part-book, used as the cantus firmus for a Mass by the sixteenth-century English composer John Taverner, organist of Christ Church, Oxford, and resident of Boston, Lincolnshire (two of my favourite places). Odd choice for a Mass, but that's the sixteenth century for you: crazy.

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