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2022-2023 Season

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 8:0pm

The Tallis Scholars

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Welcomed by Melanie & Anthony Fathman, MD


Orlando Gibbons O clap your hands

Thomas Tallis Suscipe quaeso

Nico Muhly Rough Notes

William Byrd Tribue domine


Giovanni Pieluigi da Palestrina Tu es Petrus

John Rutter Hymn to the Creator of Light

Nicolas Gombert Lugebat David

Josquin des Prez Absalon fili mi

Arvo Pärt Which was the son of…

Our 50th birthday season gives me an opportunity to program some of the pieces which have meant most to us over the years. For this reason, I have chosen to do just one piece by my favorite composers – though there could have been many more.

In the first half we start with the anthem which first excited my interest in renaissance polyphony, Gibbons’ O clap your hands, an 8-voice tour de force. I was 14 when I first heard it in 1968, and have never looked back. Obviously, we needed to include a composition by Tallis, it didn’t matter very much which, but his 7-voice Suscipe quaeso is one of his greatest. Nico Muhly, the New York-based composer, has recently written several wonderful settings for us: Rough notes refers to the stars visible in the Antarctic. Byrd’s Tribue domine is one of our most performed items, which we have sung over 130 times, the first time in 1991.

The second half features music by Palestrina and Josquin, on whose sonorities we have largely founded our own sound and our international reputation. Josquin’s Absalon fili mi goes well with Gombert’s Lugebat David, since they are based on the same story of a father’s loss. We have made a special feature of Gombert’s music over the years, having recorded all his Magnificats in 1996. We have also made a special feature of Arvo Pärt’s music, having dedicated a disc to him in 2014. John Rutter needs little introduction, though his style is not always ours. This is a masterpiece. I could have included so many other pieces, but I think these make a satisfying sequence. I am heartened to think there is plenty more to explore in the years to come.

Peter Phillips

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In 1992, St. Louis Cathedral Concerts was established with the enthusiastic support of Msgr. James T. Telthorst, who was the Rector of the Cathedral Basilica at the time and who went on to serve for many years as a member of the Cathedral Concerts board. Msgr. Telthorst was also the recipient of the “Great Music Award” at our gala event in May of 2013 in appreciation of his ongoing commitment to and support of Cathedral Concerts.

Today, St. Louis Cathedral Concerts has secured perpetual support with the creation of an endowment fund named in Msgr. Telthorst’s honor. The Monsignor James T. Telthorst – Cathedral Concerts Endowment Fund was established through the generosity of several donors and will provide annual distributions that will help St. Louis Cathedral Concerts fulfill its mission of presenting affordable live concerts in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis featuring world-class musicians and the finest repertoire of sacred and classical music.

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