Dominican Rite Mass – 5/27/2016
“Like the octave of some great feast”: Perspectives on the musical life of English Catholics under Elizabeth”
Lecture at 5:30 by Samuel Schmitt, Ph.D., with live musical examples provided by Grant and Priscilla Herreid and Charles Weaver
Solemn Mass in the traditional Dominican rite at 7 pm, featuring the Missa Regali of Robert Fayrfax performed by the Schola of St. Hugh under the direction of Charles Weaver.
A festive reception will follow mass.
This event explores the riches of English Catholic musical and religious culture under the Tudors. The lecture by Dr. Samuel Schmitt will describe the musical life of recusant Catholics in the time of Elizabeth, with live examples provided by Grant and Priscilla Herreid and Charles Weaver. The mass which follows, in the traditional Dominican rite, features the Missa Regali of Robert Fayrfax, essentially in its original liturgical context, in the English Gothic Revival setting of the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer. The contrast in musical styles will serve to highlight what was lost and what was gained in sacred music in the tumultuous passing from the age of Fayrfax to that of Byrd.
The lecture and Mass are sponsored by the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny.