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Thomas Tallis (±1505-1585): Miserere nostri, Domine

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March 5, 2015

The phrase "Miserere nostri, Domine" (Have mercy on us Lord) appears twice in the Liturgy once as  the third verse of psalm 122 and again as the second last verse of the Te Deum. The phrase itself is an alternative form of the more familiar Miserere nobis found in the ordinary of the Mass. It's one of three texts collectively referred to as "Miserere" texts, Miserere Mei, Miserere Mihi, and Miserere Nostri and all three texts are of interest to us as music lovers because during the reign of Elizabeth II a tradition developed amongst English composers of setting the 'Miserere' texts to canonic musical settings as a demonstration of their technical mastery of the compositional arts. If you like Elizabethan polyphonic music and the text being set is one of the Miserere texts you can be pretty sure you're in for a treat.

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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): Wipe away my sins, O Lord

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October 31, 2014

When the First Book of Common Prayer was introduced on Whitsunday, 9 June 1549 the need for a repertory of service music in the vernacular became urgent. One way of plugging the gap was to make use of what is known as a contrafactum (plural contrafacta) of which this is one.

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Thomas Tallis (±1505-1585): Alleluia. Ora pro nobis

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June 24, 2014

Tallis' Alleluia. Ora pro nobis for four voices is a fairly early composition. It's a liturgical text intended to be sung during the the celebration of a Lady Mass (Lady Masses were daily celebrations of the Mass that used texts relating to the Blessed Virgin Mary) on Tuesdays between Pentecost and Advent. Enjoy :-)

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Thomas Tallis (±1505-1585): A new commandment

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June 9, 2014

Tallis' A new commandment is another one of those neglected gems that are his English language anthems. It's a four-part setting and probably dates from about 1570. Its use of melisma means that its style is not quite as stark as that of his other English language anthems, perhaps that's why it's one of my favourites amongst those works. It's performed below by the Chapelle du Roi conducted by Alistair Dixon. Enjoy :-).

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