Musica Scotica Vol VIII: Robert Johnson – Instrumental Consorts [download]
Edited by Elaine Moohan and Kenneth Elliott.
Instrumental consorts by Johnson include two strongly dissonant settings of O lux beata Trinitas (both in three parts), which seem to be early works. The five-part In Nomine is more finely wrought and A knell, based on an ostinato and containing much effective instrumental writing, especially in those passages employing short repeated figures in close imitation, that point towards later sixteenth-century developments, e.g. in the consort music of William Byrd, appear to be mature middle- or even late-period works. Gaude Maria virgo is a five-part instrumental version of Johnson’s four-voice vocal setting of this Responsory (The Complete Works of Robert Johnson, No. 6).
From Musica Scotica Vol VIII: The Complete Works of Robert Johnson, the full volume available here.
24pp. Available as downloadable pdf with licence to print multiple copies for rehearsal and performance.