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Composer Profile: Robert Fayrfax

Lucie Skeaping celebrates the life and music of English composer Robert Fayrfax in his 550th anniversary year.

Lucie Skeaping celebrates the life and music of English composer Robert Fayrfax who flourished in the early 1500s and was born 550 years ago. More of Fayrfax's music survives than of any other English composer of the period, largely due to the existence of two large Tudor choir books in which his works were collected. Lucie Skeaping takes a look at one of these choir books housed in Lambeth Palace library with the help of musicologist David Skinner and plays recordings of some of the music featured in it.

Producer Helen Garrison.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Robert Fayrfax

    Somewhat musing

    Choir: Alamire. Director: David Skinner.
    • CCL : CDG 1148, track 5.
  • Robert Fayrfax

    Gloria from Missa O quam glorifica (excerpt)

    Ensemble: Cardinall's Musick. Director: Andrew Carwood.
    • ASV : CD GAU 142, track 2.
  • Robert Fayrfax

    Agnus Dei from Missa Tecum principium

    Ensemble: Cardinall's Musick. Director: Andrew Carwood.
    • ASV : CD GAU 145, track 5.
  • Robert Fayrfax

    Eterne laudis lilium (excerpt)

    Ensemble: Cardinall's Musick. Director: Andrew Carwood.
    • ASV : CD GAU 160, track 8.
  • Robert Fayrfax

    Eterne laudis lilium (excerpt)

    Ensemble: Cardinall's Musick. Director: Andrew Carwood.
    • ASV : CD GAU 160, track 8.
  • Robert Fayrfax

    Sanctus from Missa O bone Jesu (excerpt)

    Ensemble: Cardinall's Musick. Director: Andrew Carwood.
    • ASV : CD GAU 184, track 4.
  • Robert Fayrfax

    Maria plena virtute (second part from 'Dixit Jesus')

    Ensemble: Cardinall's Musick. Director: Andrew Carwood.
    • ASV : CD GAU 145, track 9.

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