24 June 2010

Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis


I heard an excerpt of this today as background music in a video about Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated voyage to Antarctica, posted at Scribal Terror. It's a haunting melody; this is the full (17-minute) composition. 

Reposted from January of 2009.


  1. Both Tallis and Vaughan Williams were geniuses, though I give Tallis the edge on that, however VW really knew how to make a tune sing, that's for sure. The original Tallis tune makes a lovely, haunting hymn tune that is unfortunately so interesting as to be somewhat difficult for congregations to sing. Lovely nonetheless.

  2. This was used to score the burial at sea scene in Peter Weir's "Master and commander: the far side of the world". Haunting indeed.


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