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Reges Tharsis et insulae

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Respond at Vespers of the Vigil and Third Respond at Matins at Epiphany

John Sheppard held the post of Informator Choristarum at Magdalen College, Oxford, and was a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal. Reges Tharsis et insulae is based on the Gregorian cantus firmus, which runs like a thread through the entire piece, giving rise to an all-encompassing polyphonic texture that seems to envelop the listener just as it does the chant. The motet follows a responsorial structure, with alternations between chant and sections of polyphony. Initially, the entirety of the polyphony is presented, before a chant section is followed by a repeat of the second and third parts of the polyphony. After another section of chant, the third part of the polyphony repeats once more to conclude the piece.

from notes by Charles Cole © 2020


Sacred treasures of Christmas
Studio Master: CDA68358Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Sheppard: Church Music, Vol. 1
CDA66259Archive Service; also available on CDS44401/10
Sheppard: Media vita
The Sixteen & The Golden Age of English Polyphony
CDS44401/10Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only
The Tallis Scholars sing Tudor Church Music, Vol. 2
CDGIM2102CDs for the price of 1


Track 3 on CDA66259 [4'45] Archive Service; also available on CDS44401/10
Track 13 on CDA68358 [6'01]
Track 3 on CDGIM016 [5'04]
Track 3 on CDGIM210 CD1 [5'04] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 8 on CDS44401/10 CD7 [4'45] Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only

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