In nomine ‘Shivering’ is Virtaperko’s second contribution to the polyphonic In nomine viol consort tradition, which flourished in England during the late 16th and early 17th centuries. In nomine settings were built around the cantus firmus Gloria Tibi Trinitas (from John Taverner’s six-voice mass from 1530). This augmented plainchant melody line was often played (or sung) by alto, while the other voices produced imitative, typically highly complex imitative counterpoint.
For the full duration of the piece the cantus firmus is surrounded by fast repetative bursts of slurred, broken chords by treble, tenor 1 and bass 1. Played in an improvisational manner in individual ad lib. tempos those bursts of chords create polymetric feel to the texture, confronting the resiliently advancing cantus firmus, the only stable and constant musical element of the piece.
The title is a reference to Christopher Tye (c. 1505 – before 1573), whose 21 In nomines often included subtitles, such as ‘Cry’ or ‘Trust’.” (O.V. June 2015)
for viol consort a5 (treble viol, 2 tenor viols, 2 bass viols (2nd bass alternatively violone in G). Optional organ part.