Laboravi In Gemitu Meo
by the Renaissance English composer and one of the principle members of the Madrigal School. This work, expertly edited by Lionel Pike
, is arranged for unaccompanied SSAATB Chorus and lasts around 5 minutes.
The text for Laboravi In Gemitu Meo comes from Psalm vi, 6: "I am weary of my groaning, every night wash I my bed: and water my couch with my tears." Composer Thomas Morley was the most famous composer of Secular music in Elizabethan England, and was a contemporary of William Shakespeare. His use of the tritone interval in this work results in a sense of unease, something that resonates with the context of the piece: it was composed in retribution for informing on his fellow Catholics.