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Thomas Tallis (±1505-1585): With all our hearts

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January 29, 2016

Tallis 180 x 150This motet suitable for Trinity is a contrafactum of  Tallis' first setting of Salvator mundi it was clearly popular with Tallis' contemporaries (and indeed the succeeding generation) as it was very widespread during the reigns both of Elizabeth I and James I. I have to say I feel that in places the English text isn't quite the perfect fit with the music as the original Latin, but doesn't detract in the slightest from the beauty of Tallis' wonderfully dense counterpoint. Enjoy :-).

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Genesis Sixteen – Thomas Tallis (±1505-1585): Magnificat a 5

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January 23, 2016

I introduced Genesis Sixteen – the free choral music training scheme run by The Sixteen for young singers back in November of last year (see: An introduction to Genesis Sixteen | Saturday Chorale – mfi).  This is them singing Tallis' Magnficat for 5 voices during choral evensong on  15th July 2015, they handle it with great aplomb. Enjoy :-)

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Ensemble Gli Angeli (Geneva): Thomas Tallis Concert – (Utrecht Early Music Festival 2015)

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December 13, 2015

The vocal ensemble Gli Angeli Genève under Stephen MacLeod gave this concluding concert to this year's Utrecht Festival of Ancient music on September 6th at the Vredenburg Tivoli in Utrecht. In line with 16th century practice the singers' efforts are supplemented by an instrumental accompaniment in this case Renaissance recorders.  Enjoy :-).

  • Lamentations of Jeremiah I
  • In pace
  • Lamentations of Jeremiah II
  • O sacrum convivium
  • In manus tuas
  • O salutaris hostia
  • O nata lux
  • Miserere nostri
  • Alleluia

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Thomas Tallis (±1505-1585): Blessed are those that be undefiled

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October 23, 2015

This is an English setting of verses 1 – 6 of Psalm 119 (Vulgate 118). The translation is Myles Coverdale's translation of 1535 and is headed  'Beati immaculati' (Blessed are those that be undefiled) in the Ludlow Parish Church  manuscript partbook. Between that, the fact that it's scored for TrSATB, and the way in Tallis has divided the longer notes into shorter repeated ones I think it's pretty certain that this is a contrafactum1 of a Latin setting of the Psalm by Tallis that has not survived the ravages of time. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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My cup runneth over

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October 10, 2015

There's been a glut of excellent music performed live from YouTube channels that I follow in the last fortnight.  One of those channels is The Choir of Somerville College, Oxford's channel who uploaded this performance of Wood's Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in D given at Washington National Cathedral on July 1st 2014,  and Tallis' If ye love me given at Somerville College Chapel, Oxford, on June 10th 2012. You'll find both below the fold. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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