In a Vale of Tears is the premiere recording by Tudor Voices, Millikin University’s ensemble for early music. It features two major works, the Stabat Mater by Domenico Scarlatti, and the Musikalische Exequien by Heinrich Schütz, both which are deep and moving reflections of death, grief, and acceptance. Scarlatti’s work is scored for ten vocal parts and continuo, using dissonances, suspensions, and coloratura passages to depict the profound pain felt by the Mother Mary weeping at the Cross. Schütz’s requiem is comprised of three sections, combining Biblical and poetic texts. The final section poignantly depicts the soul being brought to heaven by two angels. This small vocal ensemble, joined by harpsichord and cello, is directed by Dr. Daniel Carberg.