Thursday, 30 April 2015

Nicholas Strogers (fl. 1560-75): Non me vincat Deus meus (SATTB)

Nicholas Strogers is almost an unknown entity during the Renaissance period in England, he was musically active during a very turbulent time within the Tudor dynasty; Elizabeth I came to power two years prior to the beginning of his known musical output. Of the five of his sacred musical works three are set with a Latin text, one of which is missing an entire voice part (Domine non est exaltatum), the other two (his Short Service and Grant unto us) were written to attend to the liturgical necessities of a protestant regime.

Non me vincat Deus meus was composed just after the coronation of Elizabeth I. Strogers, as a possible recusant Catholic, may have penned the text himself: “Give me courage to resist, patience to endure...”



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