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The Catholic Tradition Podcast: 93 – An Introduction to Thomas Tallis

Dec 11, 2020

All music by Thomas Tallis used with permission of the artists
and labels listed under.

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/i-oMO9qqzKA

As a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
composed sacred music for 4 successive English monarchs,
beginning with Henry VIII and ending with Elizabeth. These have been
turbulent occasions in England, particularly for a church musician.

These have been turbulent occasions in England, particularly for a church
musician. Like his colleague (and possible pupil) William Byrd,
Tallis was capable of adapt his compositional model to fulfill the
consistently shifting ideological calls for of the regimes below which
he served. In contrast to the combative Byrd, who in his later years
eliminated himself from courtroom life and made some extent of his loyalty to
Rome, Tallis could have merely gone with the stream.  We don’t
know for positive, as a result of there may be little or no details about his

Right here to inform us what we do know is singer and scholar Kerry
McCarthy, creator of a concise new ebook on Tallis’s life and music
in Oxford College Press’s Grasp Musicians Collection (which additionally
contains her ebook on Byrd beforehand mentioned on this podcast).
She enthusiastically discusses his music, his occasions, the inspiration
of polyphony in plainchant which was obliterated by the
Reformation, the varied compositional strategies of the time, and
the character of the medieval modes with which these composers


Kerry McCarthy, Tallis https://international.oup.com/educational/product/tallis-9780190635213

Hear Kerry sing with Capella Romana in a groundbreaking
recreation of the acoustics of a sixth-century Byzantine cathedral!
Misplaced Voices of Hagia Sophia: Medieval Byzantine Chant


Kerry McCarthy discusses Byrd on this podcast:

Pt. 1

Pt. 2

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Music heard on this episode

Thomas Tallis:

“If ye love me” carried out by The Gesualdo Six, c/o Hyperion


Video from their YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/yHe2FDlHHa8

“Lesson Two Elements in One” carried out by Matthieu Latreille

“Miserere nostri” (Tallis/Byrd), “In jejunio et fletu” carried out
by Alamire, c/o Obsidian https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004H4OHXG/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp

“Puer natus est nobis: Agnus Dei”, “Psalm Tunes from Archbishop
Parker’s Psalter”, “Spem in alium” carried out by Chapelle Du Roi,
from their Full Works of Tallis c/o Signum Data UK


Chapelle’s Du Roi’s Full Works of Tallis obtainable
affordably within the US right here

Ralph Vaughan Williams: “Fantasia on a Theme from Thomas Tallis”
carried out by Academy of Saint-Martin-in-the-Fields, dir. Neville



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