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  • 7 years ago

Tallis - musical genius of the English Tudor age: Donald Macleod presents highlights from five Composer of the Week episodes exploring the life and work of Thomas Tallis. Tallis worked at the hub of English church music, the Chapel Royal, for forty years during which the country shuddered with political and religious upheaval. Music was one of the battlegrounds, with significant risks attached for its practitioners. Through it all, Tallis turned out piece after piece of glorious music, seemingly unperturbed when all the rules changed and changed again. Tallis delicately negotiated the move from elaborate, large-scale Catholic works of the early sixteenth century to a plainer style under Edward.