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

Recordings
'Miserere' (CDA67938)
Miserere
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67938  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Tallis: Spem in alium & other sacred music' (CKD233)
Tallis: Spem in alium & other sacred music
CKD233  Download only  
'Tallis: Spem in alium & other choral works' (CDA30024)
Tallis: Spem in alium & other choral works
Buy by post £8.50 CDA30024  Hyperion 30th Anniversary series  
Details
Track 9 on CDA30024 [2'21] Hyperion 30th Anniversary series
Track 1 on CKD233 [2'39] Download only

Te lucis ante terminum I
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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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