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Title page from the Bishops' Bible quarto edition of 1569.
© The British Library Board / G.12188
Track(s) taken from CDA67994
Recording details: November 2012
Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, United Kingdom
Produced by Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Engineered by Martin Haskell & Iestyn Rees
Release date: September 2013
Total duration: 3 minutes 42 seconds

'In the light of such versatility and consistent quality, I'd say that Tallis deserves to be still more highly rated than he is. These are commendably committed, full-blooded performances … as for Salve intemerata, they make as good a case for it as I can recall. More, please' (Gramophone)

'The Cardinall's Musick pulls the listener into Tallis's splendid architecture with perfect paragraphing and line shape' (BBC Music Magazine)

I call and cry to thee
composer
5vv ATTBarB; contrafactum of O sacrum convivium from the 1575 Cantiones sacrae; The First Booke of Selected Church Musick published by John Barnard in London in 1641
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The five-part English piece I call and cry to thee is the same music as the Latin motet O sacrum convivium published in the 1575 Cantiones sacrae. This habit of giving English words to Latin-texted pieces, known as contrafactum, was not uncommon during this period and may express a desire to sing music in the vernacular. It is thought that I call and cry may have started life as an instrumental fantasia, perhaps dating from the 1560s, but was revised and given its Latin title for inclusion in the 1575 publication. It is an exquisite piece, full of glorious imitation, based on syllabic writing and in an ABB form. It is beautiful in either language and is a good example of the fusion created by Tallis between the strict and controlled music of the Reformers and the more free, expansive writing of Mary’s restored Catholic rite.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2013

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