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.