Christopher Tye was probably born in Cambridgeshire, where the family name was common, around 1505, making him about the same age as is more famous contemporary, Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585). He is often mentioned as [...]
About John BradleyJohn Bradley has been the director of Polyhymnia for the past 26 years. He is a singer, conductor, academic, and early music nerd.
Regina coeli laetare, Alleluia.| Quia quem meruisti portare, Alleluia. Resurrexit sicut dixit, Alleluia. Ora pro nobis Deum. Alleluia. Rejoice, Queen of Heaven, alleluia.| For he, who you were worthy to bear, alleluia. Is risen, as [...]
Qui tantus primo Parsone in flore fuisti, Quantus in autumno in morere fores. Parsons, you who were so great in the springtime of life, How great you would have been in the autumn, had not [...]
For the 25 years that Polyhymnia has been performing, we have primarily centered our attention around music composed between 1450-1650. No matter how you may try to fit music into convenient little historical file cabinets, [...]
How the discovery of one composer and half of a motet led to 25 years of concert material I am guessing that anyone who has ever sung in a church choir has run into the [...]
Thomas Tallis Thomas Tallis was born around 1505. We know nothing of his career or of his education until his appearance at Dover Priory in 1531 or 1532. Dover Priory fell to the dissolution in [...]
Redefining a Choir We are on pause. On March 13, 2020, the unthinkable happened. After a truly lovely dress rehearsal for a concert of music by Tudor composer Christopher Tye, I canceled a concert. I [...]