Nov 18

God grant with grace (Psalm 67:1-2) – Thomas Tallis

 

Archbishop Matthew Parker (1504-1575)

Archbishop Matthew Parker (1504-1575) (Image via Wikipedia)

Psalm 67:1-2

God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.

[Psalter text by Archbishop of Canterbury Matthew Parker:]

God grant with grace, he us embrace,
in gentle part bless he our heart.
With loving face shine he in place,
his mercies all on us to fall.
That we thy way may know all day,
while we do sail this world so frail.
Thy health’s reward is nigh declared,
as plain as eye all gentiles spy.

God grant with grace (published in 1567), also known as “Tallis’s Canon,” the eighth of nine tunes contributed by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585) for Archbishop Parker’s Psalter. As Parker described it, “The eyghte goeth milde: in modest pace.”


Performed by Alamire, directed by David Skinner

 

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Oct 21

Why fumeth in fight (Psalm 2:1-2) – Thomas Tallis

 

Thomas Tallis, c. 1505–1585

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Psalm 2:1-2

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed,

[Psalter text by Archbishop of Canterbury Matthew Parker:]

Why fum’th in fight the Gentiles spite, in fury raging stout?
Why tak’th in hand the people fond, vain things to bring about?
The Kings arise, the Lords devise, in counsels met thereto,
against the Lord with false accord, against His Christ they go.

Why fumeth in fight (published in 1567), the third of nine tunes contributed by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585) for Archbishop Parker’s Psalter. As Parker described it, “The third doth rage: and roughly bray’th.” Nearly 350 years later, it was the inspiration for Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.


Performed by Alamire, directed by David Skinner


Performed by BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Davis
“At the Gloucester Cathedral (where it in 1910 was played for the first time and conducted by Vaughan Williams himself)”

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Apr 09

If ye love me keep my commandments (John 14:15-17) – Thomas Tallis

 

Thomas Tallis, c. 1505–1585

Thomas Tallis, c. 1505–1585 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John 14:15-17a

15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

If ye love me (1565) by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)


Performed by Richard Berkeley’s New Chamber Orchestra Choir in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Warsaw


Performed by Synergy Brass Quintet in Sils, Switzerland

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Arranged by Peter Le huray. For SATB choir, a cappella. Mixed Voices. Tudor Church Music. Sacred, Choral Leaflet. Vocal score. 4 pages. Published by Oxford University Press

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Apr 05

In ieiunio et fletu [With fasting and weeping] (Joel 2:12,17) – Thomas Tallis

 

Prophet Joel, Russian icon from first quarter ...

Prophet Joel, Russian icon from first quarter of 18th cen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Joel 2:12, 17 [Latin]

12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?

In ieiunio et fletu (from Cantiones Sacrae, 1575) (alternate spelling: In jejunio et fletu) by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)


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For TrTTBarB choir a cappella. Liturgical Use: Lent. Text: Latin. Choral. Vocal score. Text Language: Latin. Duration ca. 6 minutes. Published by Notre Dame Choir Editions

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