You can blame this article and my good friend (and frequent YIMC commenter) James for this post. Seal and the immortal Stevie Ray Vaughn will have to step aside for a week, to make way for Palestrina, Clemens non Papa, Byrd, and 20th-century composer Eric Whitacre. This is music as it was meant to be, four hundred years ago. I could imagine Warren Jewell tapping his feet to this stuff, if it had a beat.
We begin with the Nunc Dimittis, set to music by Giovanni Pierluigi di Palestrina (1525–1594).
Here’s “Vigillate” by William Byrd (1540?–1623).
Finally, here is a 20th-century example of polyphony, Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque.”