And now, music from our Choir! Here for Pentecost is ‘Come, Holy Ghost’
Here is the anthem ‘If ye love me’ by Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585) for Sunday 17th May
Thomas Tallis was a composer who is particularly associated with music of the Tudor period and is considered one of the greatest English composers. What strains and stresses there must have been in his life, which encompassed the reigns of all the Tudor monarchs (Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, Elizabeth I) and that most turbulent time when England broke from Rome and the Catholic faith and embraced the Reformation. Throughout this period, Tallis remained in the Catholic faith, probably very discreetly at times. The Tudor monarchs were great lovers of music so it must have been Tallis’s excellence that kept him safe and enabled him to live a long life and produce music which delights us still.
This anthem, calm and reflective, comes from the text of the William Tyndale translation of the bible. The words are spoken by Jesus to his disciples, to give them comfort before his death.
‘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 sp’rit of truth.’ — John 14:15–17