Thomas Tallis : Spem in Alium (Reduction to 11 voices for SSSAATTBBBB)


Thomas Tallis : Spem in Alium (Reduction to 11 voices for SSSAATTBBBB)

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Composed:c.1570
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Spem in alium (Latin for Hope in any other) is a 40-part Renaissance motet by Thomas Tallis, composed in c. 1570 for eight choirs of five voices each, considered by some critics to be the greatest piece of English early music.


Lyrics

Spem in alium nunquam habui
Praeter in te, Deus Israel
Qui irasceris et propitius eris
et omnia peccata hominum
in tribulatione dimittis
Domine Deus
Creator caeli et terrae
respice humilitatem nostram

Translation

I have never put my hope in any other
but in Thee, God of Israel
who canst show both wrath and graciousness,
and who absolves all the sins
of suffering man
Lord God,
Creator of Heaven and Earth
Regard our humility


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