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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
Orlando Gibbons
John Wilbye
John Dowland
12 a cappella singers
Joël Suhubiette, conductor
Published 09/02/2024

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



"Passionnant programme ou Tallis, Byrd, White, à la plume changeante au souffle de l'Histoire, témoignent des bouleversements religieux, en anthems, lamentations ou motets, en anglais ou latin, dans la sobriété syllabique ou la magnificence polyphonique."

La Nouvelle République

"L'Ensemble Jacques Moderne, sous la direction de Joël Suhubiette semblait transpercer les murs de la salle des Chevaliers. Ils interprétaient Tears of London : musique sacrée de la Renaissance anglaise;"

Ouest France


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Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
Remember not, O Lord God 
Hear the voice and prayer
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)
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 Wilbye (1574-1638)
O God, the rock of my whole strength
John Dowland (1563-1626)
I shame at mine unworthiness
Robert White (1538-1574)
Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
O Lord, give thy Holy Spirit
O Lord, in Thee is all my trust