Alexander Street Press – Free Download of the Week

Alexander Street Press is offering the first Vaughan Williams masterpiece, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis for double string orchestra and string quartet as their free classical music download of the week on their Website. Every two weeks, they will offer a complete work from their Classical Music Library. To stay up-to-date with the most current offering, you can link to: http://alexanderstreet.typepad.com/music/

Classical Music Library Free Download of the Week: Vaughan Williams’Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

The first Vaughan Williams masterpiece, the Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis for double string orchestra and string quartet shows clearly for the first time the composer’s distinctive voice. Written in 1910 and subsequently revised in 1919, it has become one of Vaughan Williams’ most popular works outside his native England.

Vaughan Williams was working on an edition of the English Hymnal when he came across Tallis’ tune, written in 1567 for Archbishop Parker’s Psalter. He became fascinated with the psalm tune, which seems to have triggered a leap forward in his compositional style, and used it as the basis for the Fantasia commissioned by the Gloucester Festival.

This recording is performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Christopher Seaman, conductor.

Download this work through March 13, 2008 at: http://musicdownloads.alexanderstreet.com/promo

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