Nico Muhly Talks about Setting Text to Music

March 2-4, The Tudor Choir will perform the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Small Raine, inspired by the same English tune as John Tavener used in his 16th-century Western Wind Mass. After watching the video, explore the text of Small Raine and get your CR Presents: The Tudor Choir tickets today!

Small Raine

Westron wynde, when wilt thou blow?
The small raine down can raine.
Chryst, if my love were in my armes
And I in my bedde again!

– Anon. (early 16th century)

O splendor gloriae et imago substanciae
Dei patris omnipotentis, Iesu Christe,
unice eiusdem fili dilecte tocius boni fons vive,
redemptor mundi, servator, et Deus noster, salve.

O Jesus Christ, radiant light and image
of the nature of God the almighty Father,
his beloved and only Son, living fountain of all good,
redeemer of the world, our Saviour and our God, hail.

– Votive Antiphon for Compline (early 16th century)

CR Presents: The Tudor Choir