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Sancte Deus

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Sancte Deus was an early work, a votive antiphon written in Henry VIII’s reign before the Reformation, and yet showing reformatory inclinations. Whereas votive antiphons were usually laudatory texts addressed to the Virgin Mary, Sancte Deus is a penitential text addressed to Jesus. The music, in four parts, is more succinct than Marian pieces used to be: a rare, Taverner-esque, blend of old and new.

from notes by Peter Phillips © 1994

Sancte Deus, l’une des premières oeuvres de Tallis, est une antienne votive écrite sous le règne de Henri VIII, avant la Réforme, qui montre cependant des tendances réformatrices. Alors que les antiennes votives étaient d’ordinaire des textes à la louange de la Vierge Marie et adressées à elle, Sancte Deus est un texte pénitentiel adressé à Jésus. La musique, à quatre voix, est plus brève que ne l’étaient d’ordinaire les pièces mariales: un mélange rare, à la manière de Taverner, d’ancien et de nouveau.

extrait des notes rédigées par Peter Phillips © 1994
Français: Meena Wallaby

Das Sancte Deus ist ein frühes Werk, eine Votivantiphon, die zur Regierungszeit Heinrichs VIII., aber noch vor der Reformation, komponiert wurde und dennoch reformatorische Züge aufweist. Votiv­antiphonen verwenden überlicher­weise Texte zum Lobe der Jungfrau Maria, Sancte Deus aber wendet sich voller Demut an Jesus Christus. Der vierstimmige Satz ist knapper angelegt als in den herkömmlichen Marianischen Lobgesängen: eine selten anzutreffende Mischung aus alt und neu, die an Taverner gemahnt.

aus dem Begleittext von Peter Phillips © 1994
Deutsch: Gerd Hüttenhofer

Sancte Deus è una delle prime opere ed è un’antifona votiva, scritta prima della Riforma sotto il regno d’Enrico VIII, ma che palesa già delle tendenze riformatrici. Mentre le antifone votive erano, per l’usuale, dei testi in lode della Vergine Maria, Sancte Deus ha un carattere penitenziale ed è diretto a Gesù. La musica, a 4 vv., è più concisa dei brani mariani di solito utilizzati: una rara miscela di vecchio e nuovo alla maniera di Taverner.

Peter Phillips © 1994
Italiano: Bruno Meini

Recordings

Tallis: Spem in alium
CDGIM006
Tallis: The Tallis Scholars sing Thomas Tallis
CDGIM2032CDs for the price of 1
Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 1
GIMBX301Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only

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Track 2 on CDGIM006 [5'16]
Track 2 on CDGIM203 CD1 [5'16] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 2 on GIMBX301 CD2 [5'16] Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only

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