Tallis in Atlanta

Guess where I'll be tomorrow afternoon?At the "Labor of Love" Choral Concert, featuring music by Vaughan Williams, Wagner, Brahms, and — the pièce de résistance — Thomas Tallis' 40-part motet, Spem in Alium. According to the website promoting the concert, this motet has never been performed in Georgia before (it's not easy to put together a chorus of forty voices, I would imagine). What promises to make this concert particularly special: the choir will be surrounding the audience, meaning that … [Read more...]

Mass for 40 Parts

If you love early music, or sacred music, check out this video. I've already pre-ordered my copy of this CD — a recording of a sixteenth century "Mass for 40 Parts" that, quite possibly, was the inspiration for Thomas Tallis's transcendent 40-part motet, "Spem in Alium." … [Read more...]