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Thomas Tallis (±1505-1585): Quod chorus vatum

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February 2, 2015

Tallis' setting of Rabanus Maurus' (776-856) text Quod chorus vatum sung here by the Chapelle du Roi under Alistair Dixon. Quod chorus vatum is the Hymn at Vespers on the Feast of the Purification (Candlemas) which falls on February 2nd.  Enjoy :-).

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Thomas Tallis (±1505-1585): Jesu salvator saeculi

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January 14, 2015

Tallis' setting of the compline hymn Jesu salvator saeculi (Jesus, saviour of the age) is an alternim setting that alternates the chant and composed music retaining the cantus firmus in the top part. Under Sarum usage it would have been sung between low Sunday and Ascension it's typical of the new style of hymnody pioneered by Tallis and his contemporaries eschewing the massive polyphonic 'wall of sound' of earlier generations in favour of an elegant simplicity and textual clarity.  Enjoy :-).

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Gregor Aichinger (±1565 – 21 January 1628): Ave, Regina Caelorum

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December 5, 2014

Ave Regina cælorum (Hail Queen of Heaven) is a Marian antiphon, which together with its following versicles and prayers, is traditionally appointed to be said or sung during the Liturgy of the Hours. It's particularly associated  with Compline, the final canonical hour of prayer before going to sleep. It dates from at least the twelfth century and may well be older, nobody really knows. It's probably of monastic origin and as with many such pieces the identity of the text's author is unknown, some people have suggested that Herman Contractus could be the author but I've never seen anyone adduce any evidence to that effect. The basis of the suggestion seems to be "well he wrote Marian antiphons didn't he?" to which I can only reply "ummmmm well yes he did but you need to produce some sort of evidence that he wrote this one". Irrespective of who wrote it it became particularly popular during the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance as a result of the widespread devotion to Our Lady of those times. The great Marian Antiphons and such beautiful folk Christmas Carols as "Maria Durch Ein Gingwald Ging" all spring from this period and its outpouring of love and veneration for Christ's mother.

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Thomas Tallis (±1505-1585): In manus tuas

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March 28, 2014

Tallis' setting of the Compline respond is quite typical of his Elizabethan Latin Church music, it's beguiling in its simplicity and its beauty. Tallis' solution of what to do with this piece that could not be performed liturgically was elegant – he turned it into a motet.

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John Sheppard (c1515–December 1558): Media Vita

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March 25, 2014

Sheppard's music is not as popular as that of his contemporaries – I think this is a shame as he's right up there alongside his better-known contemporaries Taverner, Tye, White, and even Tallis. If you want to hear Tudor era music of breathtaking beauty and originality then Sheppard's compositions surely fit the bill. Media Vita is his undoubted masterpiece its sheer breadth of phrasing and expressiveness coupled with stunning sonorities and a remarkably deft hand with dissonance always stops me in my tracks. It's been recorded a few times – I think the most recent recording is by Stile Antico, but the recording below was the first and the one I find that I come back to time and time again.

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