If ye love me

Thomas Tallis (c1505-23 novembre 1585): If ye love me, anthem a 4 voci (prima del 1560). The Cambridge Singers, dir. John Rutter.

If ye love me,
keep my commandments,
and I will pray the Father,
and he shall give you another comforter,
that he may bide with you forever,
e’en the spirit of truth.

If ye love me


Da Tallis

Thomas Tallis (1505-1585): Why fum’th in fight?. Composto per il salterio dell’arcivescovo di Canterbury, Matthew Parker (1567).

Why fum’th in fight the Gentiles spite, in fury raging stout?
Why tak’th in hand the people fond, vain things to bring about?
The Kings arise, the Lords devise, in counsels met thereto,
against the Lord with false accord, against His Christ they go.

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis per doppia orchestra d’archi (1910).

A quaranta voci

Thomas Tallis (c1505-1585): Spem in alium, mottetto a 40 voci. Pro Cantione Antiqua.

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 coeli et terrae
respice humilitatem nostram.

Il celebre dipinto riprodotto nel video è La zattera della Medusa di Théodore Géricault (1791-1824), conservato al Louvre.