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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: 2 minutes 24 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)

If ye love me
composer
4vv AATB
author of text
John 14: 15-17

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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
If ye love me and A new commandment show Tallis writing for the reformed rites of Edward VI and Elizabeth (who reinstated Edward’s First Prayer Book of 1549 when she came to the throne). They are examples of anthems which either use the word ‘commandment’ or refer to how one should live a godly life. This was especially important for Edward VI’s time when these anthems can be seen to reinforce the exhortation to godly living which was now explicit as a result of the Bible being read in English and a greater emphasis on preaching and teaching. Gone are the great soaring lines of the pre-Reformation where, from time to time, it was difficult to hear which word the choir was singing. Gone also is the impressive English treble voice. Instead Tallis produces beautiful four-part miniatures in two sections with the second section repeated in an ABB structure.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2013


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