Spicer describes it as a partsong
, but that doesn't quite do justice to the range and sophistication of the writing.
Collected Vocal Music, Part 2: Dialgoues, Partsong
, and Catches, ed.
Virtually all the songs survive only in manuscript partsong
versions (sometimes with parts missing).
The anthems are pitched, quite rightly, a tone higher than the sacred chamber pieces with which they alterate: using a' = 465 and a' = 415, as here, though strictly speaking about a quarter of a tone too high, is a commonsense solution that avoids going ~into the cracks.' unfortunately Lord, I can suffer thy rebuke, which is not an anthem but a devotional partsong
, has been done at the high church pitch, consequently sounding quite uncomfortable.
Collected Vocal Music, Part 2: Dialogues, Partsong
, and Catches, ed.
There were things people recognised, which made it a comfortable experience: plainsong, English partsong
, French romanticism, Anglican hymns, Bach chorales.
B, untexted, of the partsong
printed on the same opening.
6; on the fourth page is the beginning of the partsong
Furthermore, the printed sources of about one-third of the lute ayres provide partsong
arrangements whose texts often differ over punctuation and spelling (on the significance of this for the modern editor see Fellowes's characteristically pragmatic solution explained in the preface to the first edition of English Madrigal Verse, 1920).
Not all of these pieces by Tallis likely had a liturgical use--certainly not the partsong
Purge me, O Lord, which has an unidentified nonliturgical text.
On the other hand, the desire that the music should receive its due appreciation sometimes leads to hyperbole, both with regard to individual compositions (for example in the over-praising of the very ordinary partsong
'Departe, departe' on pages 126-7) and in a wider context: the descriptions of Scottish court culture and Scotland's international prestige sometimes reminded me of Pinturicchio's fanciful depiction of the court of James I in the Piccolomini Library in Siena Cathedral.
What art expresses proves a unique mixture of solo song, partsong
and typically Haydnesque fortepiano variations, soloist Timothy Roberts making the most of its sparkling virtuosic opportunities.