My friend Msgr. Charles Pope in Washington DC sent me a video of a practice of Thomas Tallis’ Spem in alium for 40 voices. He wrote:
Below is a link to some video snips from the music workshop and performance of Thomas Tallis’ Spem in Alium done at the Parish today. The translation of the Latin text is:
I have never put my hope in any other but in You, O God of Israel who can show both anger and graciousness, and who absolves all the sins of suffering man. Lord God, Creator of Heaven and Earth be mindful of our lowliness
This comes from an era of Church music that was so beautiful that it almost hurts to listen to it today.
Here is a polished recording by the Tallis
Allstars… Tallis Scholars. It isn’t performed very often because it requries – you know – 40 voices.