After the enormous success of #ChoralMarch and #AprilCountry, #MarianMay did not perhaps set the Internet on fire, but I did enjoy exploring the wide range of Marian-inspired music, with a good representation from contemporary, living composers. Aside from some sean nos and Frank Patterson I stuck pretty much to the choral tradition.
#ChoralMarch began with The King’s Singers performing Tallis’ “Spem in Alium”, so it seems appropriate as #MarianMay comes to an end to return to The King’s Singers and another work of the English Renaissance, Byrd’s motet setting of “Beata viscera Mariae Virginis”:
From labelmate of The Beatles on their own Apple Records, to composer of devout works of Orthodox faith, John Taverner followed an unconventional path from hippy fandom (the rather arch Gramophone review linked to above recalls”the worn-out copy in the local library—potholed by the styli of countless gramophones that otherwise played nothing but pop, rock and jazz.) to Orthodoxy to “Universalism”. Here is his Magnificat for this last day of May:
Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia;
Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia,
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia:
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
Here is Clonmel’s own Frank Patterson with a song inextricably associated for many with the month of May and Mary:
Here is Patterson singing this hymn live: