Merbecke choral music

Merbecke: Missa Per arma iustitie
The Cardinall's Musick - Andrew Carwood / David Skinner
AS&V Gaudeamus 148


  1. Domine Ihesu Christe
  2. Antiphon: Per arma iustitie (chant)

  3. Missa Per arma iustitie
  4. Gloria
  5. Credo
  6. Sanctus / Benedictus
  7. Agnus Dei
  8. A Virgin and Mother
  9. Ave Dei patris filia

Performers: Carys Lane, Rebecca Outram, Helen Groves, Carolyn Sampson (sopranos); Robin Blaze, Mark Chambers, Patrick Craig, David Gould (altos); Simon Berridge, Andrew Gant, Daniel Norman, Thomas Raskin, Toby Watkin (tenors); Robert Evans, Matthew Vine, Edward Wickham (baritones); Jonathan Arnold, Simon Birchall, Robert Macdonald, Michael McCarthy (basses)

Playing time: 68'

Recording date: February 1995 & February 1996

This disc consists of Merbecke's complete surviving polyphonic output. He was one of the early converts to Protestantism in England, and apparently attempted to destroy all of his early musical output. Merbecke also published a set of simple tunes for a Booke of Common Praier Noted (1550) and many of these continue to be sung in churches around the world.

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Todd M. McComb