Facing the Music

Philip Brett

in William Byrd and His Contemporaries

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247581
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932838 | DOI:
Facing the Music

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This chapter focuses on Alessandro Striggio's forty-part motet Ecce beatam lucem and Thomas Tallis's forty-part Spem in alium nunquam habui. It considers the possibility that Tallis's work was written in response to a challenge issued when Striggio's piece became known in England, and highlights the tendency during their time to assume almost automatically that music from the Italian mainstream must be superior to the insular product, whatever the actual evidence of individual pieces. The chapter provides comments on the works of both composers.

Keywords: Alessandro Striggio; motet; Ecce beatam lucem; Thomas Tallis; alium nunquam habui; England; Italian mainstream; composers

Chapter.  2929 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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