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King's Singers
English Renaissance

Haec Dies
Te Lucis Ante Terminum
Beata Viscera Mariae Virginis
Ave Verum Corpus
Vigilate
Viri Galilaei
Te Lucis Ante Terminum
Lamentations Of Jeremiah, First Set
Lamentations Of Jeremiah, Second Set
If Ye Love Me
O Lord, Make Thy Servant Elizabeth, Our Queen
Sing Joyfully
Laudibus In Sanctis

Produced by Donald Fraser

Thomas Tallis (1505-1585) was the most influential English composer in his day. He lived at Court from 1543 until his death. He survived the coming into dominance of Protestantism during Edward VI's reign, the restoration of Catholicism under Mary in 1553 and the tumultous tussle leading to the Elizabethan Settlement which devised a new church establishment then dominant for nearly a hundred years. Throughout these changes Tallis continued to write choral liturgical music in both the older Latin motet style and the newer English anthem style. His greatest student was William Byrd (1543-1623) who pushed the authorities with his staunch Catholicism but was such a brilliant composer that he never received more than a heavy fine. Elizabeth awarded them the exclusive rights to publish music in her realm, effectively creating a monopoly. The King's Singers bring us a sampling of the huge output from these two most influential composers, including both motets and anthems. These are performed for the joy of those who love renaissance music, with the musical perfection expected of the best.

Item code: 6125C | 1 CD | $16.98 add item to cart
Early Music | Male | England
09026680042-1 | 09026680042

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