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William Byrd and His ContemporariesEssays and a Monograph$
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Philip Brett, Joseph Kerman, and Davitt Moroney

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247581

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247581.001.0001

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Facing the Music

Facing the Music

(p.22) Chapter Three Facing the Music
William Byrd and His Contemporaries

Philip Brett

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on Alessandro Striggio's forty-part motet Ecce beatam lucem and Thomas Tallis's forty-part Spem in alium nunquam habui. It considers the possibility that Tallis's work was written in response to a challenge issued when Striggio's piece became known in England, and highlights the tendency during their time to assume almost automatically that music from the Italian mainstream must be superior to the insular product, whatever the actual evidence of individual pieces. The chapter provides comments on the works of both composers.

Keywords:   Alessandro Striggio, motet, Ecce beatam lucem, Thomas Tallis, alium nunquam habui, England, Italian mainstream, composers

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