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Keats right again (predictably).
on 11 August 2015
I heard this on a Tallis evening on one of my default surveys onto Radio 3 which was having a celebration of his works. I am more into rock actually, although I have loved Vaughan Williams's 'Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis' ever since I first heard it 40 years ago and early French counterpoint I do not even know the names of. But this music is astonishing, it deserves the word 'sublime' if anything does. When I first heard it, accompanying James Fox's television series on the English Renaissance, gooseflesh stroked my forearms, it is so piercingly beautiful; and to think that Tallis came out of nowhere (I think) to begin the English musical Renaissance, this is almost miraculous and certainly remarkable. My favourite choral piece was Allegri's famous 'Miserere' and whilst it is fatuous to say which is better than what, this is as gorgeous and transporting and seems, to my ignorant sensibility, to be an even more intricate and technically complex piece. For FORTY voices, all of which sing different parts, none in unison! A thing of beauty is a joy forever indeed. As usual Keats was right and it is an exquisite one to boot.