Thomas Tallis’ Gaude Gloriosa Sung by The Marian Consort

    Rejoice, O glorious Mother of God, Virgin Mary, who in truth are worthy of honour, exalted in glory above the heavens by the Lord, you are worthy of your throne.

    Rejoice, O Virgin Mary, to whom the angelic host in heaven sing their sweet praises; for now you delight in the sight of the King whom all creation serves.

Gaude gloriosa Dei Mater, we learn, is a “Votive Antiphon for the Virgin Mary, an early work, possibly composed late in the reign of Henry VIII, considerably before the accession of Queen Mary, although another viewpoint is that it might have been composed in honor of the Queen, hence much later.”

Thomas Tallis remained an “‘unreformed Roman Catholic,'” we read. “Mary I granted Tallis a lease on a manor in Kent which provided a comfortable annual income” and “[h]e was present at her funeral on 13 December 1558.”

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