Music

Gradualia specialises in the music of the Renaissance period. Our particular abilities lie in the performance of music by the great English composer William Byrd (1543-1623), and his lessor known contemporary Robert Whyte (c. 1539 – 1574). We also have extensive experience of European repertoire from this period, especially the music of Jean Lhéritier (c. 1480 – 1551).

The Eton Choirbook (c. 1500) contains a large number of works by British composers of the period, and represents a style uniquely British with many long and highly embellished melismata, and many reduced voice sections. These beautiful works are rarely heard in the 21st Century, although groups like the Tallis Scholars and The Sixteen have brought them more into the spotlight.

Moving earlier in the musical timeline, we also enjoy performing works from the Old Hall Manuscript (c. 1400), which is a collection of Mass movements and motets from the 14th Century.

The repertoire lists below show some of the extensive British, European and world-wide music that we have performed.

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