Sarum Chant
Missa in gallicantu

Chant for the First Mass of Christmas according to the Salisbury Rite. It would have been celebrated after midnight on Christmas Eve, and was known as the Missa in gallicantu— the Mass at Cockcrow. The chant has been taken from printed sources which would have been in use when composers such as Tallis and Tye were at the height of their powers.

This recording is also available on the specially priced double album Christmas with The Tallis Scholars.

CDGIM017  53 minutes 46 seconds
‘There seems to be nothing The Tallis Scholars undertake that falls short of the mark … The Tallis Scholars' performance here is, like the music, born of purity and simplicity. And, also like the ...