Salve intemerata (Thomas Tallis)

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  • (Posted 2015-08-25)  CPDL #36607:        (Finale 2014)
Editor: Paul R. Marchesano (submitted 2015-08-25).   Score information: Letter, 20 pages, 224 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up one whole tone. Note values halved.

General Information

Title: Salve intemerata
Composer: Thomas Tallis

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: c. 1530 -1533
    Manuscript ca. 1575 in The Baldwin Partbooks, no. 46
Description: One of Tallis's earliest works, whose earliest surviving copy dates from around 1525. It subsequently became one of his most frequently-transmitted works. It is set in the Phrygian mode and has a long, rather turgid prose text exploring the nature of Christ and the role of the Virgin Mary. Tallis designed a motet with a duration of approximately 14-15 minutes employing clever use of imitation and contrasting the texture via duets, trios and full five-voice ensemble.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Salve intemerata.