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The Wode Collection

Catherine Bott takes a look at the Wode Psalter, a hugely significant collection of part books that give a fascinating insight into Scottish music-making in the 16th century.

Catherine Bott takes a look at the Wode Psalter, a hugely significant collection of part books that give a fascinating insight into Scottish music-making in the 16th Century.

The collection was initially the work of Thomas Wode, a monk and cleric from St Andrews, who was commissioned to produce a series of harmonisations of psalm tunes for a protestant Scottish Psalter. Wode was more ambitious however, and he took it upon himself to gather as much of the music he then heard being played in Scotland, in the fear that otherwise music from the nation might be lost to us for ever.

The highly decorative series of part books, which make up the Wode Collection, has been scattered across the world for centuries, but the books have recently been brought back together for a special exhibition at Edinburgh University.

Catherine Bott visits the exhibition and is shown around by curator Dr Noel O'Regan. Music for the programme is taken from a recent recording of items from the Wode Collection by the Dunedin Consort.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Anon.

    "To Love the Lord"

    Performers: Dunedin Consort

    • LINN.
    • CKD 388.
  • David Peebles

    Psalm 20

    Performers: Dunedin Consort, Fretwork

    • LINN.
    • CKD 388.
  • David Peebles

    Psalm 124

    Performers: Dunedin Consort

    • LINN.
    • CKD 388.
  • Orlande de Lassus

    "Susanne un Jour"

    Performers: Dunedin Consort

    • LINN.
    • CKD 388.
  • Orlande de Lassus

    "Un jour vis"

    Performers: Dunedin Consort

    • LINN.
    • CKD 388.
  • Thomas Tallis

    "When shall my sorrowful"

    Performers: Dunedin Consort

    • LINN.
    • CKD 388.
  • Jacobus Clemens non Papa

    "Qui consolabatur me"

    Performers: Dunedin Consort

    • LINN.
    • CKD 388.
  • John Angus

    "The Song of Simeon" (Nunc Dimittis)

    Performers: Dunedin Consort

    • LINN.
    • CKD 388.
  • Anon.

    Prince Edwards Pavan/Queen's Pavan

    Performers: Fretwork

    • LINN.
    • CKD 388.
  • Anon.

    "O Lusty May"

    Performers: Dunedin Consort

    • LINN.
    • CKD 388.
  • Anon.

    "What mightie motion"

    Performers: Dunedin Consort

    • LINN.
    • CKD 388.
  • Anon.

    "All sons of Adam"

    Performers: Dunedin Consort

    • LINN.
    • CKD 388.
  • Anon.

    "Lyk as the dum"

    Performers: Dunedin Consort

    • LINN.
    • CKD 388.
  • Robert Johnson

    Psalm 67 "Deus misereatur nostri"

    Performers: Dunedin Consort

    • LINN.
    • CKD 388.

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