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Early Music Chamber Choir Based in the Derbyshire Peak District

Latin Motet

Thomas Tallis was one of the most important composers of his time. He was organist at Waltham Abbey at the time of the dissolution of the Monasteries in 1540 and later secured a position at the Chapel Royal, where he served under four successive sovereigns until his death. In 1575 he and his pupil, William Byrd, were granted the monopoly of music publishing for twenty years. His output consisted almost entirely of sacred music and he is perhaps most well known for his forty part motet Spem in Alium.



Thomas Tallis — a portrait from an 18th century engraving.

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In Manus Tuas    Thomas Tallis (c. 1505—1585)     3.18 mins

In Manus Tuas Domine, commendo spiritum meum. redemisti me, Domine, Deus veritatis

This Latin motet was informally recorded during a live performance in St Mary’s Church, Tickhill, Doncaster and appears on the choir’s CD Sacred and Secular.

Into thy hands Lord, I commend my spirit: Thou hast redeemed me, Lord God of truth

Thomas Tallis

The complete works of Thomas Tallis have been recorded by Alistair Dixon’s ensemble, Chapelle du Roi
on the
Signum label.