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Founded fifty years ago and directed by Joël Suhubiette for the last twenty years, the Ensemble Jacques Moderne - composed of a vocal and instrumental ensemble and enriched by musicological research - performs two centuries of ancient European music, from Renaissance polyphony to Baroque vocal music.


Tears of London
Robert White
Thomas Tallis
William Byrd
12 a cappella singers
Joël Suhubiette, conductor
Published 26/02/2018

The Lamentations of Robert White are a particularly fine example and represent the height of Elizabethan choral music. White succeeded in harnessing the expressiveness of the text, while deftly manipulating complex musical structures. Two other great masters of the English Renaissance, Thomas Tallis and his disciple William Byrd (both musicians at the Chapel Royal), composed Roman Catholic and Anglican liturgies. Tallis was one of the first to compose music for the new Anglican liturgy, notably the Anthems presented in this program. Byrd, himself a fervent Catholic, composed several Motets. Those chosen for this program illustrate the richness of polyphonic imitation, as well as the suppleness of Byrd’s counterpoint.


Creative residency in collaboration with the City of Amilly and Les Jardins d'Agrément


Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)

Remember not, O Lord God 

Hear the voice and prayer

Purge me, O Lord

Out from the deep 


The teares or lamentacions of a sorrowfull soule (1614)

Textes de William Leighton (1565-1622)

William Byrd (1538-1623)

Look down, O Lord

Be unto me

Come help, O God

I Laid me down



William Byrd (1538-1623)

Miserere mihi, Domine


Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)

O Nata lux de lumine


William Byrd (1538-1623)

Emendemus in melius


Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)

Loquebantur variis linguis


The teares or lamentacions of a sorrowfull soule (1614)

Textes de William Leighton (1565-1622)

Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)

O Lord, how do my woes increase


John Dowland (1563-1626)

I shame at mine unworthiness


John Wilbye (1574-1638)

O God, the rock of my whole strength



Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)

O Lord, give thy Holy Spirit

O Lord, in Thee is all my trust



Robert White (1538-1574)