Choir of New College, Oxford - Spem in Alium(Tallis)





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Published on Nov 11, 2009

The original Latin text of the motet is from a response (at Matins, for the 3rd Lesson, during the V week of September), in the Sarum Rite, adapted from the Book of Judith. Today the response appears in the Divine Office of the Latin rite in the Office of Readings (formerly called Matins) following the first lesson on Tuesday of the 29th Week of the Year.

Spem in alium numquam habui praeter in te
Deus Israel
qui irasceris
et propitius eris
et omnia peccata hominum in tribulatione dimittis
Domine Deus
Creator coeli et terrae
respice humilitatem nostram

Spem in alium is a forty-part Renaissance motet by Thomas Tallis, composed circa 1570 for eight choirs of five voices each. The sacred text has been used as a basis for other choral settings, such as a 4-part setting by Colebault and the Mass by Palestrina based on it. However, the Tallis setting is by far the most famous. Along with Gregorio Allegri's 'Miserere' this piece by Tallis is regarded as one of the pinnacles of Renaissance Polyphony.(Wikipedia)


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    • Edward Higginbottom
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    • Sancte Deus
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