Thomas Tallis’s “Spem in Alium”

This is probably one of the most celebrated and high-regarded work of sacred polyphony, English composer Thomas Tallis’s (c.1505-1585) motet for forty voices Spem in Alium. The motet is set for eight choirs of five voices each (SATBarB) and was probably composed around 1570, some say, commissioned to rival Alessandro Striggio’s (c.1536/37-1592) motet, also for forty voices, Ecce Beatam Lucem. Striggio is known to have visited London in June 1567 after a musical journey through Europe. (mais…)