Home > Choir > Op.26 - Homage to Tallis [Treble Choir, SATBSATB a cappella]

Composed for the Choristers of St James’ Parish Church, Grimsby, the St James Singers and their director, Adrian Roberts, Organist & Master of the Choristers, St James’ Parish Church, Grimsby.

This setting of verses from the Gospel of St John was composed for the celebration of music by Thomas Tallis, held by candlelight in St James’ Parish Church on 24th September 2005. The building, illuminated only by candlelight, was filled by the artwork of young artist Saied Jahanshah, sometime chorister of St James, to whom this piece is dedicated.

This hommage to tallis takes as its text the Latin setting of "If ye love me keep my commandments" from the Gospel of St John, and uses material from the anthem by Thomas Tallis (c1505 - 85) of the same name as a cantus firmus in the treble chorus, set against a rich harmonic cloud provided by the two SATB choirs.

Si diligitis me should be performed with the choirs at some distance, possibly with the treble chorus hidden or in a high gallery. In any case, the music of the treble voices should also be audible and clean above the texture of the two SATB choirs.

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