This is a great volume with English texts still relevant today: O Lord, lettest not thy servant depart to a tax haven. Thou knowest, Lord the secrecy jurisdictions of our hearts. This is the tax return of John. Hide not thou thy profits.
Everyone can learn a lesson from this valuable collection.
"Gloria in excelsis Deo" by Thomas Weelkes is one of 34 fine examples of Tudor Anthems to be found in this collection. Other outstanding examples are William Byrd's "Justorum Animae", Robert Parsons' "Ave Maria",Peter Philips' "Ascendit Deus", "O Nata Lux" by Thomas Tallis and two versions of "When David heard" by Thomas Tomkins and Thomas Weelkes. The polyphonic writing of this musical period makes most of these anthems beyond the capabilities of the average Parish Church choir, though there are a few simpler settings, such as "Hide not Thou Thy Face" (Richard Farrant), "If ye love me" (Thomas Tallis). "Let Thy merciful ears" (Thomas Mudd) and "Lord, for thy tender mercy's sake" (Richard Farrant or John Hilton). There are two Verse Anthems which require an accompaniment: "Teach me, O Lord" (William Byrd) and "This is the Record of John" (Orlando Gibbons). The rest of the anthems may be sung unaccompanied. There is a useful preface by Sir David Willcocks and substantial editorial notes on the anthems which will be of particular interest to scholars of this Tudor period. This collection is to be recommended, especially to more proficient choirs.
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