Music in the Courtyard: Music for Mary Tudor

New York Polyphony

Sunday, September 18, 1:30 pm


This musical installation begins at 1:30 pm but will include long breaks between works.

From the Eton Choirbook(copied c. 1510)

Walter Lambe Ascendit Deus
John Browne Stabat Virgo Mater Christi


From the Gyffard Partbooks (copied c. 1576)

Thomas Tallis In pace
John Blitheman In pace
William Mundy Kyrie cunctipotens genitor
Christopher Hoskins Speciosa facta es
Robert Barber Dum transisset
Anonymous Te deum laudamus
Anonymous Tu es Petrus

New York Polyphony celebrates music composed for England’s first queen, Mary I, or revived in her reign. Experience the rich sounds of one of the foremost vocal chamber ensembles today as they resonate through the cathedral acoustics of the Gardner’s Courtyard to the Dutch Room where the monarch’s portrait hangs. More as a musical “installation” than a concert, the performance will have long breaks between works so you may discover the Courtyard from all floors.

Photo by Jacob Blickenstaff


This concert is free with Museum admission. Advance tickets are required as admission tickets do sell out on weekends. We cannot guarantee that tickets will be available at the door.

Museum admission tickets are available to Members on August 3 and to the general public on August 13.

Please note: This musical installation is not designed as a seated performance. The layered melodies and rich harmonies of these 500-year-old choir books will resonate throughout the Museum, providing ambiance during your visit.


Online: Click the TICKETS button

By phone: Call the box office at 617 278 5156, Wednesday–Monday, 10 am–4 pm; Thursday until 6 pm; CLOSED TUESDAY

No refunds or exchanges will be made. Programs are subject to change.

Hemenway & Barnes LLP is the lead corporate sponsor of the Weekend Concert Series.

The Museum thanks its generous concert donors: The Coogan Concert in memory of Peter Weston Coogan; Fitzpatrick Family Concert; James Lawrence Memorial Concert; Alford P. Rudnick Memorial Concert; David Scudder in memory of his wife, Marie Louise Scudder; Wendy Shattuck Young Artist Concert; and Willona Sinclair Memorial Concert. The piano is dedicated as the Alex d’Arbeloff Steinway. The harpsichord was generously donated by Dr. Robert Barstow in memory of Marion Huse, and its care is endowed in memory of Dr. Barstow by The Barstow Fund.

Music at the Gardner is also supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is supported by the state of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.