Tuesday, November 24, 2009

"That He may abide with you forever"

Today Conjubilant With Song notes the anniversary of the death of Thomas Tallis in 1585:
.... Though Tallis did compose some works for keyboard, most of his compositions are sacred choral music. Due to the changes in the monarchs of England during his lifetime, he had to compose both in English for the services of the new Church of England, and at other times had to compose in Latin for the Catholic liturgy. Tallis himself was Catholic, and some scholars believe that his Latin pieces show his sympathy for that side. .... [more]
That site calls attention to one of his still familiar hymns, "All praise to thee, my God, this night," sung to the tune known as the Tallis Canon [found here at CyberHymnal]. The first verse:
All praise to thee, my God, this night,
For all the blessings of the light!
Keep me, O keep me, King of kings,
Beneath thine own almighty wings.
Another of his compositions was "If Ye Love Me." One of the performances available on YouTube: