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King's Singers: English Renaissance

Song NameComposer
Haec DiesWilliam Byrd
Te Lucis Ante TerminumThomas Tallis
Beata Viscera Mariae VirginisWilliam Byrd
Ave Verum CorpusWilliam Byrd
VigilateWilliam Byrd
Viri GalilaeiWilliam Byrd
Te Lucis Ante TerminumThomas Tallis
Lamentations Of Jeremiah, First SetThomas Tallis
Lamentations Of Jeremiah, Second SetThomas Tallis
If Ye Love MeThomas Tallis
O Lord, Make Thy Servant Elizabeth, Our QueenWilliam Byrd
Sing JoyfullyWilliam Byrd
Laudibus In SanctisWilliam Byrd

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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