Seven settings of Clarifica me Pater by Tallis, Byrd and Tomkins: Friendly emulation or friendly competition?

Frauke Jurgensen, Rachelle Taylor

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Abstract

Seven settings of the plainsong Clarifica me Pater survive: three each by Thomas Tallis and William Byrd and one by Thomas Tomkins. Not a single source bears the cantus firmus’s correct title – when a title is given at all – but they yield a fascinating case of artistic transmission and communication between three composers of successive generations. After reviewing their provenance, performance context and existing literature, the chapter determines more precisely the degree of stylistic emulation or differentiation between them. The result is a critical interpretation of an intergenerational ‘set of settings’ illustrating the musical process of emulation and competition.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAspects of Early English Keyboard Music before c.1630
EditorsDavid J Smith
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter7
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781315109701
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2019

Publication series

NameAshgate Historical Keyboard Series

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    Jurgensen, F., & Taylor, R. (2019). Seven settings of Clarifica me Pater by Tallis, Byrd and Tomkins: Friendly emulation or friendly competition? . In D. J. Smith (Ed.), Aspects of Early English Keyboard Music before c.1630 (Ashgate Historical Keyboard Series). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315109701