Christmas Across Centuries
Program Notes

The Tallis Scholars: Christmas Across Centuries

Pärt treats each antiphon as a sort of choral miniature, allowing each its particular character.

Christmas Across Centuries

The Tallis Scholars

Saturday, December 5, 2015, 8pm

Church of St. Mary the Virgin

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The peerless Tallis Scholars return to the picturesque sanctuary of St. Mary’s with a celebration of Christmas. The holiday mass Puer natus est nobis captures Renaissance master Thomas Tallis at his most splendid and complex, perfectly paired with celebratory works by his contemporary John Sheppard. The program also includes a pair of works by Arvo Pärt, whose crystal clear counterpoint is a perfect fit for The Tallis Scholars. Pärt’s love of polyphony, and his respect for his 16th-century forebears, shines in these graceful works.


  • Arvo Pärt Seven Magnificat Antiphons
  • Arvo Pärt Magnificat
  • Arvo Pärt I am the true vine
  • John Sheppard  Sacris solemniis
  • John Sheppard Gaude, gaude, gaude
  • Thomas Tallis  Missa Puer natus est nobis (selections)

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