Thomas Tomkins wrote no fewer than seven services: three full and four verse settings. Two of the verse services appear to be early works and survive, incomplete, only in manuscript sources while the remaining two were included in the composer's posthumous Musica Deo Sacra (1668) where they followed the three full services and so were numbered 'Fourth' and 'Fifth'. The Fourth Service comprises Te Deum laudamus and evening canticles (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis) and is described in the 'Batten' Organ Book as his 'Third' Verse Service; the two unpublished services were numbered in their sources as his 'First' and 'Second' verse services. Musica Deo Sacra is the only surviving source for the 'Fifth' Service.
In the evening canticles of the Fourth Service the opening motif was intended as a homage to Tomkins' 'ancient and much reverenced Master, William Byrd' since it is a quotation from the beginning of both movements of Byrd's 'Second' Verse Service. The motif is a variant of an old intonation of the Sarum liturgy with which Tomkins begins the Te Deum of the Fourth Service. The striking bass duet at the words 'He hath put down' recalls Gibbons' Second Service.
The Fourth Service is Tomkins' most extended verse service and is notable for the variety of the scoring and textures of its verse sections, ranging from a soloist to passages for five solo voices. The choruses are characterised by sequential development, a favourite device of Tomkins.
This is the first modern performing edition of both evening canticles to be published.
Archer: How can I keep from singing? (Upper voices)
Lole: Shall we not love thee, Mother dear?
Tye: Hail, glorious spirits, heirs of light
Elgar: Serenade in E minor, Op.20 - Piano duet
How: Fairest Lord Jesus (SA Men)
Archer: Would you know your Lord's meaning in this?
How: Requiem Cantata: The Hope of Splendour
Aston: Fountain of sweets
Archer: Fantasia on 'I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills'
Wood: Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in G (ATB Men)
Lift High the Cross (words)
Kelley: Morning thoughts SATB unacc
Widor: Surrexit a mortuis (vocal score)
Widor: Regina coeli, Op.18 No.2
Stanford: Festal Communion Service in B flat, Op.128
Nardone: Mass of St Cedd - Common Worship Order One
Tomkins: The Lord bless us
How: Fairest Lord Jesus (SA Men)
Madden: We will remember them
RSCM Carols for Sopranos, Altos, and Unison Lower Voices
Passion according to John - Plainchant with Victoria choruses
Shephard: Song of Simeon
Stanford: Te Deum in A
Accompaniments for unison hymn-singing
Music for Common Worship II: Music for the President
Wesley: Who can express? (U)
Aston: Communion Common Worship Order One (melody)
Stanford: A Song of Peace (U)
Elgar: Ave maris stella (ed. Hunt)
Wilby: Vox Christi for SATB Choir and organ
How: Gospel colours Volume 3
Boyce: Te Deum & Jubilate
Wood: Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in G (SATB/SATB)
How to use Voice for Life
Archer: We cannot measure (SS)
Wood: O King most high
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