William Byrd / Thomas Tallis

Cantiones sacrae 1575. Introduction: Richard Rastall

[ Royal College of Music, London]

Tallis and Byrd. Cantiones sacrae 1575
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Musical 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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