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Monday, April 14, 2008

Listening to the sacred

BBC 4 have a series on about sacred music. Now this wouldn't normally be my cup of tea but it was in the background and one episode suddenly caught my interest. It was looking at Thomas Tallis and William Byrd.

Now I do like classical music but I find most classical vocals offputting but I found this deeply moving. Its also great music to have on whilst you are reading.

So here are a few links to show you what I mean.


Carin Fuchs said...

You're trying to run in an already open door, at least as far as I am concerend Pete. Ever heard Canticles of ecstasy by Hildegard von Bingen?

Pete said...

Hi Carin, no afraid not. My musical knowledge is poor!

Anna said...

I love Spem in allium - didn't you see me singing it on television??

That was one of my best choral experiences, and it's such a beautiful piece. Hard to sing though, and damn near impossible to conduct I should think, with it being in 40 parts. Hardly ever done simply because finding at least 40 good singers (including 8 tenors) is difficult. But you can almost feel yourself back in Tudor times when you listen to it.

I rather like Byrd as well.

Choral stuff can be great - I don't care for that over-the-top solo vocal stuff much either though to be honest.

Try Purcell's "Hear my prayer, O Lord", I think you'd like that.

Tricia said...

Must admit to being a bit of a fan of Thomas Tallis :)

Island Rambles Blog said...

I know nothing of this subject...but I really liked the first one I listened to ...I found it relaxing and beautiful and touching...I will listen to them all now....