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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: 8 minutes 15 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)

Domine, quis habitabit?
composer
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author of text
Psalm 15

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
As the Votive Antiphon gradually went out of favour, composers and liturgists began to look around for other texts to set. The Book of Psalms (already being used by composers on the Continent) provided words to suit a variety of moods, and Psalm-motets started to appear during the 1540s. One text proved more popular than most, Psalm 15 or Domine, quis habitabit?. Not only Tallis, but also John Sheppard, Robert Parsons, Robert White (three times), William Mundy and William Byrd also set this text which, a little like the ‘commandment anthems’, gives information about how to live a godly life. Tallis’ setting is chaste and serious and clearly shows the influence of his Flemish contemporaries—only occasionally does he allow himself the luxury of some typically rich cadences.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2013

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