Tallis’s lifetime saw the Reformation in all its guises – the initial split with Rome, the Marian restoration, and ultimately the Elizabethan settlement. Born a Catholic, Tallis remained a member of the “Old Faith”, but escaped persecution. He was accomplished at writing for both the Catholic and Protestant liturgies, and became the principal composer of the new Church of England.
An early example of the Anglican anthem, Hear the Voice and Prayer came back into use in Elizabeth I’s reign, having survived her half-sister Mary’s attempted restoration of Catholicism. It bears the formal and stylistic hallmarks of the early anthem: a lengthy repeated final section (giving it a typical ABB structure), and the alternation of imitative counterpoint with homophonic sections.
The text is taken from Solomon’s prayer at the dedication of the first temple, and the setting is predominantly contrapuntal. The most striking homophony is for the sequentially-repeated phrase “ever toward this place” (bb. 16-18 and 39-41).
- Trombone 1
- Trombone 2
- Trombone 3
- Trombone 4 (Bass)