The York Masses & Songs from the Ritson Manuscript
(DS, 4 or more singers & gothic harp)
The York Masses & Songs from the Ritson Manuscript. The York Masses, recovered in the 1950s, are the last substantial body of late medieval English music to be edited and performed in modern times. This is a sumptuous collection of music between the time of the Old Hall Manuscript and the Eton Choirbook. The Ritson Manuscript contains a great number of secular and sacred songs from the same period and, again, is the most important source of English vernacular music from the latter 15th century. This programme of 'Sacred & Profane' offers a sampling of delights from one of the most inventive periods in English musical history.