If we’re going Latin…. Evelyn likes this.
I missed this one, Jed. I even wrote a piece more recently about Tallis, oblivious to this one!
Where’ve you been for the last eleven and a half months RR?
I can’t be swayed from Miserere, psalm 51 must be wonderful for those woe, woe and thrice woe days! Though perhaps we in this business are more victims of the cords of death have entangled me psalms??
Enjoyed singing that at school but Miserere wins by a mile for me! Agree with you about Mozart. I have to say I only really listen his requiem, saying that his music must have been ground-breaking at the time and is a genius by any stretch of the imagination.
I just have this feeling that Ave Verum Corpus wins by a short head.
I think we all agree that Mozart made genius look plodding and ordinary. He was something entirely else.
Can’t help myself Evelyn, a great psalm!
Cor blimey guvners, I didn’t mean to cause no fuss, I only said I liked it! Wot an heducashun you deliver an no mistake!
Ps that Mozart’s alright an all!
Amen to that!
Well apparently (I may get swiftly corrected here) most composers write horizontally, and then orchestrate the parts. Little Wolfie could write vertically, harmony and melodies as he went along. So maybe that’s how he could do it. Ach mein Gott, der liddle wunderkind!
Didn’t Mozart write the whole thing out after the “gig”? I watched the documentary about it ages ago but that’s what I gathered from it…very clever either way.
Crumbs. How many parts is that, GM? How’d he done it??
Charles would have risked excommunication by having this on his website – that was the punishment for anyone found singing this outside of the Vatican ceremony for which it was intended. Happily for the GFG, the well-kept secret out was smuggled out, so the story goes, by young Mozart, who sat there listening to it and – scribbling it down by ear. In the face of such genius, the ban was lifted!
(*I meant young boys mixed in with men!)I do love the Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips made a good move back in the 70s. Allegri’s Miserere is perfect for bedtime, and waking up…or any time of the day!
I’m sure you’re right Phoebe, I can see why choirmasters get enraptured, there is something of the divine about a boys’ choir…but I’ve always had a penchant for locked up monks’ plainsong and the addition of the ladies harmonies in the Tallis Schoars flips my brain! It was one of those songs that I heard in the still small hours of the night- just me and the radio. Now it’s my bedtime favourite …
As does Phoebe! One of my favourites. Have to say, though, that I prefer it with an all male choir; young boys give an incomparable quality to it.
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