Christes Crosse (after Thomas Morley)
CHRISTES CROSSE is a setting for soprano and piano of a singing exercise found in Thomas Morley’s PLAINE AND EASIE INTRODUCTION TO PRACTICALL MUSICKE of 1597. In the original a simple cantus floats above two lower parts which become increasingly complex and active as the piece unfolds. In my version these parts are transferred to the piano, with considerable alterations effected mainly through registral change. This amplifies the already slightly hysterical quality of the original.
-Charles Wuorinen, May 1998