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Jane Seymour by Hans Holbein the Younger (c1497-1543)
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDGIM210
Recording details: Unknown
Salle Church, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Engineered by Mike Clements
Release date: November 2008
Total duration: 4 minutes 32 seconds

In ieiunio et fletu
composer
author of text
Respond at Matins, first Sunday in Lent, cf Joel 2: 17

Other recordings available for download
The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor)
Magnificat, Philip Cave (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
In ieiunio et fletu has been said to be ‘possibly Tallis’s finest work’. Published in the Cantiones Sacrae of 1575, which contained music by Tallis and Byrd, In ieiunio is an astonishing matching of text to music, having absorbed much from the influx of continental music both sacred and secular into England. Chordal declamation, chromatic movement, and a careful sense of tonal architecture are the elements in the work which in combination with the more conventional polyphonic writing give a glimpse of new territory to be covered. The solemnly penitential words (‘In weeping and lamenting the priests prayed. Spare us, Lord, spare Thy people.’) give Tallis the cue to make such a complete identification with the text (and in these extremely penitential texts used by both Tallis and Byrd reference to the plight of the Catholic Church in Britain at the time is often noted) that he goes beyond his habitual technical boundaries and creates the foundations for a new vocabulary. Tallis himself took up the cue elsewhere, in his Lamentations.

from notes by Ivan Moody © 1989


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