Thomas Tallis – Miserere nostri SSAATBB
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Taken from his 1575 collection, this 7-part piece displays complex canonic writing in line with the Continental tradition. The original scoring also suggests it was written with the Chapel Royal of Philip II of Spain (husband to Mary I) in mind, which seems not to have used high treble voices and was resident in England with the king between 1554 and 1555. The two highest voices are in canon at the unison whilst the Discantus and Contratenor parts have the same music at the same pitch but the notes in the contra tenor part are four times longer. The two Bassus parts are also in canon at the unison with the Discantus part but per Arsin et Thesin meaning that for every upward interval in the Discantus, the basses have a downward interval and vice versa. In Bassus I the notes are eight times longer than in the Discantus part, and in Bassus II the note values are doubled.
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