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Composer: Gallus, Jacobus (1550-1591)

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Year of birth1550
Year of death1591
NationalityUnknown
PeriodBaroque
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Gardiner steps into his Ring of Cantatas in Leipzig

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducting in the Nikolaikirche, Leipzig © Bachfest Leipzig | Gert Mothes
A taste of the opening weekend in Leipzig’s marathon Bach Festival. 
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The Tallis Scholars at 40, Gesualdo at 400 at Cadogan Hall

The Tallis Scholars  ©  Eric Richmond
Celebrating their 40th anniversary year, The Tallis Scholars presented a programme of Renaissance polyphony centred around another anniversary – that of Carlo Gesualdo, the 400th anniversary of whose death falls this year. The first half of the concert was a complete performance of Gesualdo’s masterpiece, the Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday (1611).
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Oslo Church Music Festival: Passion and poetry with The Tallis Scholars

The Tallis Scholars  ©  Eric Richmond
It would seem that Easter has come early to Oslo. Friday marked the opening of the Oslo International Church Music Festival, a festival that this year is devoted to the ever-paschal theme of the passion. The opening concert was held in the Oslo Cathedral and was sung by the British vocal ensemble The Tallis Scholars.The concert focused on passion, in both senses of the word.
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Viennese whirl in Birmingham: Sweet treats from the Vienna Boys' Choir

The Vienna Boys' Choir ©' Lukas Beck
Here’s a choir that need never worry about attracting younger members. It runs its own school, with around 300 children, and from the age of ten the most musically gifted boys are channelled into the choir.
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