John Taverner

In Nomine, for 4 parts (arrangements exist for consort & for keyboard)

    Description by Robert Cummings

    It is believed by many that John Taverner wrote his Gloria Tibi Trinitas, a so-called festal mass, in 1520 to celebrate the meeting in June of that year between Henry VIII and French King Francis I. Their historic encounter took place at the Field of the Cloth of Gold, France, to work out an alliance between their countries. At any rate, Taverner's mass is written for six parts, but the In Nomine from its Benedictus was scored for four. Owing in part to its simpler textures and scoring, this piece was adapted in various arrangements for consort and keyboard. Another reason for its instrumental offshoots owes something simply to the beautiful character of the music. One arrangement was for an ensemble of viols, which suits well the lyrical flow of the cantus firmus theme. The In Nomine is serene and gentle, if a bit melancholy, and the notes seem to slowly float along. The lovely theme is presented in the alto voice, giving a mellow quality to the music, another reason the viol scoring works effectively here. Lasting only about two minutes, In Nomine has a mesmerizing effect in either its vocal or better instrumental versions.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2017 Signum Classics SIGCD 453
    2016 Aliud Records ACDBL 0872
    2016 Avie AV 2352
    2015 CPO 7778972
    2011 Regis Records RRC 1333
    2011 L'Oiseau-Lyre 436 155-2OH
    2011 L'Oiseau-Lyre 440 207-2OM
    2011 Decca
    2009 Hyperion 44401
    2008 Madacy 52955
    2005 Naxos 8558170-71
    2004 Decca 4761972
    2001 ECM New Series 4391722
    1999 ECM New Series 8118215122
    1995 Teldec 4509-97465-2
    1995 Amon Ra 29
    1993 Hyperion 66639
    Naxos 8 554284
    Virgin 59034
    Virgin 91216
    Madacy 52956