Nicholas Ludford
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Nicholas Ludford

Nicholas Ludford Biography (Wikipedia)

Nicholas Ludford (c. 1485 – c. 1557) was an English composer of the Tudor period. He is known for his festal masses, which are preserved in two early-16th-century choirbooks, the Caius Choirbook at Caius College, Cambridge, and the Lambeth Choirbook at Lambeth Palace, London. His surviving antiphons, all incomplete, are copied in the Peterhouse Partbooks (Henrican set). Ludford is well-known as being the composer of the only surviving cycle of Lady Masses, small-scale settings of the Ordinary and Propers in three parts to be sung in the smaller chapels of religious institutions on each day of the week. Ludford's composing career, which appears to have ended in 1535, is seen as bridging the gap between the music of Fayrfax and that of John Taverner (1495–1545). Music scholar David Skinner has called Ludford "one of the last unsung geniuses of Tudor polyphony". In his Oxford History of English Music, John Caldwell observes of Ludford's six-part Mass and Magnificat Benedicta that it "is more a matter of astonishment that such mastery should be displayed by a composer of whom virtually nothing was known until modern times".

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Missa Benedicta: Sanctus
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Missa Benedicta: Sanctus

Missa Benedicta: Sanctus

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New College Oxford Choir
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Missa Domenica
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Missa Domenica

Missa Domenica

Choir
Trinity Boys' Choir Croydon
Conductor
David Swinson
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Lady Mass Cycle vi - Alleluia. Salve Virgo
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Lady Mass Cycle vi - Alleluia. Salve Virgo

Lady Mass Cycle vi - Alleluia. Salve Virgo

Choir
Choir of Gonville & Caius College
Cambridge
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Kyrie (from the Lady Mass Cycle, iii. Tuesday)
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Kyrie (from the Lady Mass Cycle, iii. Tuesday)

Kyrie (from the Lady Mass Cycle, iii. Tuesday)

Performer
Magnus Williamson
Choir
Gonville and Caius Coll. Cambridge Choir
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Agnus Dei, from Missa Lapidaverunt Stephanum
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Agnus Dei, from Missa Lapidaverunt Stephanum
Magdala
Ave cuius conceptio
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Ave cuius conceptio
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Missa Videte Miraculum: Agnus Dei (feat. Andrew Carwood & The Cardinall's Musick)
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Missa Videte Miraculum: Agnus Dei (feat. Andrew Carwood & The Cardinall's Musick)
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Domine Jesu Christe
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Domine Jesu Christe
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Gloria from the Missa Videte Miraculum
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Gloria from the Missa Videte Miraculum
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