Tracing 'A Worcester Ladymass'

The Trio Mediaeval chose to consider the gaps in historic evidence as a chance when they decided to reconstruct a mediaeval Mass.

When Henry VIII set off on his quest to dissolve monasteries throughout his kingdom, this was a turning point not only for religion and economy, but also for the history of English music: while the king, a keen musician himself, is today known as a patron of Renaissance composers, his systematic destruction of the monastic libraries in the 1530s account for the fact that only a minute amount of mediaeval sacred music was preserved – many manuscripts merely survived because they were set aside as scrap paper.

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