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Miserere nostri
composer
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author of text
Psalm 122

Recordings
'Renaissance Radio' (CDGIM212)
Renaissance Radio
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99Buy by post £11.75 CDGIM212  2CDs for the price of 1  
'Tallis: Spem in alium' (CDGIM006)
Tallis: Spem in alium
'Tallis: Spem in alium & other sacred music' (CKD233)
Tallis: Spem in alium & other sacred music
MP3 £8.00FLAC £10.00ALAC £10.00 CKD233  Download only  
'Tallis: The Tallis Scholars sing Thomas Tallis' (CDGIM203)
Tallis: The Tallis Scholars sing Thomas Tallis
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'Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 1' (GIMBX301)
Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 1
MP3 £15.99FLAC £15.99ALAC £15.99 GIMBX301  4CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only  
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Track 6 on CDGIM006 [2'31]
Track 6 on CDGIM203 CD1 [2'31] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 7 on CDGIM212 CD2 [2'31] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 6 on GIMBX301 CD2 [2'31] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only

Miserere nostri
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The seven-part Miserere nostri is a technical tour de force, rare in Tallis. It belongs – at one remove, since it has no chant – to the English tradition of canonic Miserere settings, pure demonstrations of technical skill. This piece is a canon six in two with a free tenor, which is to say that there are two canonic melodies, one sung by the two mean parts and the other shared between the four other canonic voices. The two means sing a normal, close canon at four beats distance, which is easily audible. The first countertenor has a melody which is also sung by three other voices starting simultaneously – one in double augmentation (the second countertenor); one inverted and augmented (the second bass); and another inverted and in triple augmentation (the first bass). It is a most effective tribute to the power of Tallis’s imagination.

from notes by Peter Phillips © 1994

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