Alamire & Fretwork - Tallis: Queen Katherine Parr & Songs of Reformation
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 75:30 min | 342 MB
Label: Obsidian | Tracks: 13 | Rls.date: 2017
In 1978 an extraordinary discovery was made behind plasterwork in the walls of Corpus Christi College, Oxford: music from Thomas Tallis s grandest motet Gaude gloriosa, but with unidentified English words (see attached image). The discovery remained more or less dormant until David Skinner recently identified the text as being by none other than Henry VIII s sixth and last queen Katherine Parr. The words are from her psalm paraphrase Against Enemies in her first publication Psalms or Prayers, published in London in 1544.