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Italian multi-voiced music -
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ROBERT ANDERSON

'Niquet's team ... has done Striggio and his companions proud.'

Alessandro Striggio: Mass for 40 and 60 Voices - Le Concert Spirituel / Hervé Niquet. © 2012 Note 1 Music GmbH

In England we have been brought up to wonder at Spem in alium, the 40-part motet by Thomas Tallis. It now seems certain that Tallis composed his work in direct emulation of Alessandro Striggio, who visited London in 1567 on diplomatic business for Cosimo I of Florence. The two men met, and it was wondered whether any Englishman could match the achievement of the Italian's multi-voiced works. Tallis did so, and it is fascinating to compare the different dispositions of their pieces...

Copyright © 13 March 2012 Robert Anderson,
London UK

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ALESSANDRO STRIGGIO: MASS FOR 40 AND 60 VOICES

ALESSANDRO STRIGGIO

CHORAL MUSIC

EARLY MUSIC

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