Choir Notes: March 3, 2019

Thomas TallisThomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585), England’s pre-eminent 16th century composer, lived under four monarchs, both Catholic and Protestant.

While he probably leaned toward Catholicism, he managed to adapt his composing to the often-confusing prevailing winds, as well as to the influences of composers from the European continent.

O nata lux de lumine (O Light Born of Light) is one of about 15 Latin motets written during the reign of Elizabeth I, who permitted compositions in both English and Latin.

— Clarence Zuvekas

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