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Tallis & Byrd: Masses for Uncertain Times

Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Church of St. Mary the Virgin 145 West 46th Street
New York Polyphony returns to Millers series with a performance of Tallis and Byrds uniquely intimate masses for four voices. Written during a time of religious turbulence in England, these settings of the traditional Latin mass text were intended for modest forces and favor a beautifully simple, straightforward style. Composed late in the 16th century, Byrds mass was an act of courage, written for secret use by fellow Catholics forced underground by the prevailing monarchy. The program is rounded out with a handful of brief sacred works from the 15th century to the present.