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Until the recent discovery of his will, the biographical mist hanging over John Sheppard (c.1515-59) was virtually impenetrable. We still know nothing of his early years but at least we know a good deal about his later professional life.
In 1541 he became informator choristarum at Magdalen College, Oxford, a post he held until around 1547. At about this time Sheppard moved to London, where his name appears in Chapel Royal lists until his death in January 1559.
Musica Contexta translates literally as music interwoven, reflecting the groups commitment to presenting early music in the musical context of its original conception and function. The group, which varies in number and disposition depending on the musical demands of each programme it presents, was formed in 1991 and made its London début the following year.
|1||06:04||Processional Respond: Verbum caro||John Sheppard|
|2||03:01||Introit: Dominus dixit||Gregorian Chant|
|3||02:19||Troped Kyrie: Deus creator||Gregorian Chant|
|4||07:46||Gloria: Missa Cantate||John Sheppard|
|5||00:58||Collect for Midnight Mass||Gregorian Chant|
|6||10:12||Troped Lesson: Laudes Deo||John Sheppard|
|7||01:35||Epistle: Titus II, 11-15||Gregorian Chant|
|8||03:57||Gradual: Tecum principium||Gregorian Chant|
|9||02:24||Alleluia: Dominus dixit||Gregorian Chant|
|10||02:07||Sequence: Nato canunt omnia||Gregorian Chant|
|11||03:26||Gospel: Luke II, 1-14||Gregorian Chant|
|12||09:03||Credo: Missa Cantate||John Sheppard|
|13||01:24||Offertory: Letentur celi||Gregorian Chant|
|14||01:53||Preface for Christmas||Gregorian Chant|
|15||05:21||Sanctus: Missa Cantate||John Sheppard|
|16||02:01||Pater Noster||Gregorian Chant|
|17||04:53||Agnus Dei: Missa Cantate||John Sheppard|
|18||00:36||Communion: In splendoribus||Gregorian Chant|
|19||01:00||Postcommunion: Da nobis||Gregorian Chant|
|20||00:43||Dismissal: Ite, missa est||Gregorian Chant|