William Byrd / Thomas Tallis
Cantiones sacrae 1575. Introduction: Richard Rastall
Royal College of Music, London]
Sources, 8. Leeds, 1976.
Oblong, 22 x 17 cm, 6 partbooks, xiii, 345 pp. Line-cut of the copy in
the Royal College of Music, London. Compiled by Tallis and his pupil
Byrd, this is the first collection of Latin motets to be published in
England. The two composers were granted a printing monopoly by Queen
Elizabeth I and each contributed 17 works to the collection, one each
for each year of the Queen's reign. Although the publication was a
financial failure, the music is wonderful and ambitious and embraces a
wide range of styles and techniques. Introduction by R. Rastall.
Wrappers, with slipcase. $95
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