The third episode in the four part BBC documentary by Simon Beale on Western Religious music. This episode features the music of the two towering musical geniuses. Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. It may well be that you've seen this before as I posted about it recently here: Sunday Playlist: Sacred music: Tallis, Byrd and the Tudors – Singing the Lord’s song in a strange land. In the playlist for this episode I've included two pieces one by each composer. The first is Tallis' "Oh Lord In Thee Is All My Trust", it's a good example of Tallis' writing for the Anglican service which is often unjustly neglected, he wrote it for inclusion in a psalter intended for congregational singing. It's got a pleasingly clear melodic line and is very singable. The second is Byrd's "Domine secundum actum meum" which to my mind is one of his most masterly pieces of composition. The playlist videos, lyrics, and translation are all below the fold.
PS: (You might want to read yesterday's posting William Byrd – Ne irascaris + Civitas. Hilliard Ensemble – YouTube | Saturday Chorale which features two of Byrd's "Jerusalem" motets) – mfi.
How to use the playlist: The playlist consists of a set of thumbnails and text links. Clicking any one of the thumbnails or the text links will load that performance in the large player on top which works exactly the same as YouTube's player.
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