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The Nativity (detail) by Gérard David (active 1484-1523)
Track(s) taken from CDA30024
Recording details: July 1989
Winchester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: February 1990
Total duration: 2 minutes 21 seconds

'Never before has Spem in alium, Tallis's great 40-part motet, so closely resembled The Last Judgement as it does in this vast and awesome performance' (Gramophone)

'A thrilling large scale performance' (CDReview)

'A magnificent sound' (Daily Mail)

Te lucis ante terminum I
composer
5vv ATTBarB; Festal tone; Cantiones, quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur, 1575
author of text
Hymn at Compline

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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Thomas Tallis wrote two settings of the compline hymn Te lucis ante terminum, both of which were published in the 1575 Cantiones sacrae. This first setting—like the second—sets only the middle of the three verses in polyphony. The treble part replicates the pitches of the pre-existent chant melody note for note (with the addition of a single ornamental leading note at the final cadence) in a lilting triple-time rhythm, and the accompanying harmonization is a model of economy and placid beauty, nowhere more so than at the delicately handled Picardian cadence at the end of the third phrase.

from notes by Jeremy Summerly © 2013


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