Ten Favourite Anthems or Motets
  • Some entries:

    Sacerdotes Domini - Wllm Byrd
    Ave Maria - Robt Parsons
    Masses - John Taverner
    Behold, now, praise the Lord - Everett Titcomb
    Magnificat (Collegium Regale) - H Howells
  • Ave Maria: Bruckner
    Ave Maria: Guerrero
    Circumdederunt me: Morales
    Ныне отпущаеши (Nunc dimittis): Rachmaninoff
    Отче нашъ (Pater noster): Kedrov
    O Magnum Mysterium: Lauridsen
    O sacrum convivium: Messiaen
    Terra tremuit: Byrd
    Tu es Petrus: Palestrina
    Versa est in luctum: Lobo
  • O magnum mysterium (tie: Victoria-Lauridsen-Poulenc)
    The Rose- John Payntner
    Verbum caro factum est-Hassler
    Ave Maris stella-Trond Kverno
    Богородице Дево, радуйся Rejoice, O Virgin (Hail Mary) -Rachmaninov
    Beati quorum via -Stanford
    Nigra sum-Casals
    Sicut cervus (pars prima) Palestrina
    Ave verum corpus-Byrd
  • RagueneauRagueneau
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    Salve Regina by Vittoria (possibly the greatest piece ever written)

    Salve Regina by Marenzio (possibly the greatest piece ever written)

    And, I know I have posted about this again and again, but this is surely the greatest site of all
  • Like as the hart - Howells (my all-volunteer choir sang this last Sunday and knocked it out of the park!)
    Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace - S.S. Wesley
    Te lucis ante terminum - Balfour-Gardener
    For lo, I raise up - Stanford
    Sicut cervus - Palestrina
    Vox dicentis, clama - Naylor
    Behold the tabernacle - Bainton
    Bring us, O Lord - Harris
    Ave, Maria (from the Great Vespers) - Rachmaninov
    O magnum mysterium - Vittoria

    (Yes, I know . . . it's heavy on the Anglican stuff. Sorry, that's just my thing).
  • Heath
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    Which Vittoria "Salve"? I see 4 of them on that site . . .
  • RagueneauRagueneau
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    The one with descending lines on VALLE if I remember right

    I will look
  • gregpgregp
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    OK, I have to ask - how is everyone generating Cyrillic and Greek characters?
  • Kathy
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    cut 'n paste!
  • There are just too many to pick out 10 favorites (“favourites”? :))

    Some that I think we all ought to know and love:
    • Friedell “Draw Us In the Spirit’s Tether”
    • Bairstow “Blessed City, Heavenly Salem”
    • Palestrina Sicut and Sitivit (1st & 2nd parts of the same motet)
    • Parsons Ave Maria
    • Fauré “Cantique de Jean Racine”
    • Howells “Like as the hart” and “O, Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem”
      honorable mention to “Take him, earth, for cherishing”, but it’s too hard!
    • Wood Jubilate in A-flat
    • Viadana “Exsultate”
    • Billings “Easter Anthem”
    • (...and, how can I forget?) Messiaen O sacrum
    • Barber Agnus Dei
  • One could add any number of verse anthems by Tomkins, Gibbons, Weelkes, et al.
    Then there is Purcell - I'm very fond of They that Go Down to the Sea in Ships
    And Handel - especially Let God Arise, from the Chandos anthems.
  • Hugh
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    Palestrina: Sicut Cervus
    Clemens: Pater Peccavi (8vv)
    Byrd: Ne Irascaris/Civitas Sancti
    Byrd: Ave Verum
    Allegri: Miserere
    Victoria: Trahe Me Post Te
    Victoria: Tenebrae Responses - (Seniores, Una Hora, Amicus, etc Cheating I know, but...)
    Tallis: O Sacrum Convivium
    Andreas Gabrieli: O Sacrum Convivium
    Alonso Lobo: Versa Est In Luctum

    PS: Favourite Masses: Brevis (Pale),Byrd in IV, Pange Lingua (Josquin), L'homme Arme Sexti Toni(Josquin).
  • Hugh
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    ... Oh and, yet to be performed by us at Mass,(unlike the above) but my undisputed Number 1, as my colleagues will attest while rolling their eyes:

    Nesciens Mater : Mouton
    Thanked by 1CHGiffen
  • Hugh: I was about to ask you where the Nesciens went! No eyeroll here...
  • Hugh
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    Ari - you remember, too! Gee, was it that obvious ? ; )
  • Ahhh! Mouton!

    And Gombert?

    (Not to mention Dunstable: Quam pulchra es, or Veni Sancte Spiritus... )
    Thanked by 1CHGiffen
  • GavinGavin
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    I do believe it's a mortal sin not to sing the Dunstable Veni Sancte/Veni Creator on Pentecost!
  • francisfrancis
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    Poulenc is up there
    I also second barbers Agnus Dei (all of my kids love this one too)
    I also enjoy Part and Taverner for the more contemporary.
    Don't think I could ever assemble a top ten though.
    Thanked by 1tomboysuze
  • Francis -
    I agree about Poulenc. (O, that he had written more motets!)
    Also, one might add some such as Many Waters, by John Ireland.
    And, since you mention Part & contemporary, I assume that you mean Tavener, not Taverner: as for me,
    the one with two Rs is the only one.
    Thanked by 1CHGiffen
  • francisfrancis
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    Oops. Right. One r in the contempo composers name. Of course, how can you top Pal, Vic, Gab, and the greats?
  • francisfrancis
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    ...and what about Bach? ... and Christopher's "I'll not let thee go"