Abstract

The extensive prefatory material of the Cantiones sacrae of 1575 casts Tallis and Byrd jointly as the parents of English music, but during the nineteenth century Tallis’s position as ‘Father of English Church Music’ was undisputed, while Byrd’s music was relatively neglected. The turn of the twentieth century, however, saw the beginning of a re-evaluation of the respective merits of the two composers. This article examines the nineteenth-century reception of Tallis and Byrd, paying particular attention to the change in attitude that occurred towards the end of the century, and to the role of Roman Catholicism in the early twentieth-century Byrd revival.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1477-4631
Print ISSN
0027-4224
Pages
pp. 212-226
Launched on MUSE
2008-09-13
Open Access
No
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