Palestrina Stabat Mater

Essence of the Renaissance

The Renaissance period (1400-1600) saw an outpouring of some of the most beautiful choral works by composers across Europe. The lives of many of these composers were as complicated as their exquisite music: Palestrina - the Pope's favourite, Guerrero - the soldier of fortune, Gesualdo - Prince of Verona and murderer, Byrd - who against all odds kept his Catholic head fixed on his shoulders in Protestant England. Each composer worked in his own national style. Although styles varied markedly between countries, the common thread through the works on this program is a mastery of the art of composition and a dedication to a musical aesthetic.

Program directed by Douglas Lawrence

The Italian School
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525–94): Stabat Mater, Sicut Cervus
Ludovico Grossi da Viadana (1560–1627): Exultate justi
Carlo Gesualdo(1566–1613): O vos Omnes
Luca Marenzio (1553–99): Tribus miraculis

The Spanish School
Francisco Guerrero (1528–99): Canite Tuba
Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548–1611): O domine Jesu Christe
Cristóbal de Morales (1500–53): Peccantem me quotidie
Juan Esquivel (1560–1625): Ego sum panis vivus, Duo Seraphim

The English School
William Byrd (1539/40–1623): Kyrie, Sanctus/Benedictus, Agnus Dei from the Mass for Four Voices
Anon: Rejoice in the Lord alway
William Byrd: Ave verum corpus
John Amner (1579–1641): Lift up your Heads
Thomas Tomkins (1572–1656): When David heard that Absalom was slain
Christopher Tye (1505–72): Sing unto the Lord

Ticket prices - Adult $55; Senior/Pensioner $50; Student < 25 yrs $18
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Primary and Secondary students free of charge

Buy tickets at:

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  • Farrell’s Bookshop, Mornington
  • Robinsons Bookshop, Frankston
  • phone 9789 8392
  • the door, from one hour prior to concert

Complimentary pre-concert tasting of Bittern Estate wine.

Directed by Douglas Lawrence


  • Sat 12 May 2018
  • 7:30pm
    (MEL. 145 E2) FREE PARKING



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