Sunday 26th June 2022
The Missa Aeterna Christi Munera by Palestrina has become a favourite of church choirs with its classic simplicity, its brevity, its clear singability and its four voice parts. It is based on three melodic strands taken from the tune which gives the Mass its title, the hymn for Matins of Apostles and Evangelists.
Throughout Stanford’s time at Trinity College, Cambridge, which lasted until his final service on Christmas Day 1892, he wrote numerous anthems and services, many of which were sung in the weekday and Sunday services in the college. Among the best-known products of this time were the Three Motets, Op 38. The third of these is entitled Beati quorum via and is a restrained, pastoral prayer setting verse 1 of Psalm 119.