Musical observances of Thomas More aren’t quite completed yet. Australia’s For the God Who Sings features music this weekend for More and his fellow martyr John Fisher by that English Catholic stalwart, William Byrd:
The former Lord Chancellor’s head hung parboiled from London Bridge for a month. For refusing to support the king on two 1534 acts of parliament, Thomas More, with John Fisher, succumbed to Acts of Treason. More, now Patron Saint of Politicians has Byrd’s Mass for Five Voices with Propers for his feast day with Fisher, July 6 (or June 22). In the first hour, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Bach’s Cantata No.22 compare Jewish and Christian responses to opposition and discipleship, and the program begins by comparing musical responses to two psalms, Bortnyansky on Psalm 77 and Charpentier on Psalm 16.