Performance Saturday, April 18, 2015 | 7:30 PM

The Tallis Scholars

Weill Recital Hall
Touchstones of Franco-Flemish and English Renaissance sacred music are heard on this concert. Renowned throughout Renaissance Europe, Josquin des Prez’s fame grew so much that eventually he was simply referred to by his first name. Josquin’s Missa Pange lingua, one of his last Mass settings, was built upon a chant melody that evolves into richly sonorous sound. Byrd’s brilliant Latin motets display his tremendous inventiveness and superb gift for setting text.

Part of Salon Encores.


  • The Tallis Scholars
    Peter Phillips, Conductor


  • JOSQUIN "Gaude Virgo"
  • JOSQUIN Missa Pange lingua
  • BYRD "Cunctis diebus"
  • BYRD "Gaudeamus omnes"
  • BYRD "Timete Dominum"
  • BYRD "Iustorum animae"
  • BYRD "Beati mundo corde"
  • BYRD "Tribue, Domine"


"Agnus Dei" from Josquin Des Pres's Missa Pange Lingua
Tallis Scholars | Peter Phillips, Conductor
Gimell Records

At a Glance

The 16th century was a time of change for Europe. The seeds of the Italian Renaissance were beginning to spread across the continent, carried on the breeze of the printing press. Ideas, philosophies, and artistic movements were succored by this new public dialogue, creating an unprecedented outpouring of creative innovation in literature, visual arts, and music. Yet while culture was drawing Europe’s nations ever closer, the Reformation was driving them apart, splitting the continent irrevocably down the fault line between Catholicism and Protestantism.

Tonight’s concert showcases music from thegolden ages of England and the Netherlands. Works by William Byrd and Josquin des Prez might be divided by religion, but each represents the pinnacle of creative achievement within two very different schools of composition.


An Introduction to Before Bach

Before Bach
This performance is part of Before Bach, and Early Music Vocal.

Part of