Cantiones, quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur (William Byrd/Thomas Tallis)

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One of the first sets of sacred music printed in England (1575), the Cantiones Sacrae were a joint publication by William Byrd and Thomas Tallis. The dedication to Queen Elizabeth was intended both in gratitude for her granting the composers the sole right to publish music in England, and to mark the 17th year of her reign. To this end, each composer contributed 17 pieces to the collection (although some separate numbering of sections of longer works was required to reach this total). In spite of the composers' initial optimism, the venture was a commercial failure, few copies being sold either at home or in Europe.

Publication date and place: 1575 in London

At the time of publication, Byrd was about 35 and had recently returned to London from a post in Lincoln; Tallis was about 70. The collection contains relatively new pieces as well as those written some years previously.

List of works

# Title Composer
1 Salvator mundi I Tallis, ThomasThomas Tallis
2 Absterge Domine Tallis, ThomasThomas Tallis
3 In manus tuas Domine Tallis, ThomasThomas Tallis
4 Emendemus in melius Byrd, WilliamWilliam Byrd
5 Libera me, Domine, et pone me Byrd, WilliamWilliam Byrd
6 Peccantem me quotidie Byrd, WilliamWilliam Byrd
7 Mihi autem nimis Tallis, ThomasThomas Tallis
8 O nata lux Tallis, ThomasThomas Tallis
9 O sacrum convivium Tallis, ThomasThomas Tallis
10 Aspice Domine quia facta est Byrd, WilliamWilliam Byrd
11 Attollite portas Byrd, WilliamWilliam Byrd
12 O lux beata Trinitas Byrd, WilliamWilliam Byrd
13 Derelinquit impius Tallis, ThomasThomas Tallis
14 Dum transisset Sabbatum Tallis, ThomasThomas Tallis
15 Honor, virtus et potestas Tallis, ThomasThomas Tallis
16 Sermone blando Tallis, ThomasThomas Tallis
17 Laudate pueri Dominum Byrd, WilliamWilliam Byrd
18 Memento homo Byrd, WilliamWilliam Byrd
19 Siderum rector Byrd, WilliamWilliam Byrd
20 Te lucis ante terminum Tallis, ThomasThomas Tallis
21 Salvator mundi II Tallis, ThomasThomas Tallis
22 Candidi facti sunt Tallis, ThomasThomas Tallis
23 Da mihi auxilium Byrd, WilliamWilliam Byrd
24 Domine secundum actum meum Byrd, WilliamWilliam Byrd
25 Diliges Dominum Byrd, WilliamWilliam Byrd
26 In jejunio et fletu Tallis, ThomasThomas Tallis
27 SuscipePart 1: Suscipe quaeso Domine Tallis, ThomasThomas Tallis
28 Si enimPart 2: Si enim iniquitates Tallis, ThomasThomas Tallis
29 Miserere mihi Domine Byrd, WilliamWilliam Byrd
30 Tribue DominePart 1: Tribune domine Byrd, WilliamWilliam Byrd
31 Te deprecorPart 2: Te deprecor Byrd, WilliamWilliam Byrd
32 Gloria PatriPart 3: Gloria Patri Byrd, WilliamWilliam Byrd
33 Libera me, Domine, de morte aeterna Byrd, WilliamWilliam Byrd
34 Miserere nostri Tallis, ThomasThomas Tallis