Who is the Father?: Changing Perceptions of Tallis and Byrd in Late Nineteenth-Century England

@article{Cole2008WhoIT,
  title={Who is the Father?: Changing Perceptions of Tallis and Byrd in Late Nineteenth-Century England},
  author={Suzanne Cole},
  journal={Music and Letters},
  year={2008},
  volume={89},
  pages={212 - 226}
}
The extensive prefatory material of the Cantiones sacrae of 1575 casts Tallis and Byrd jointly as the parents of English music, but during the nineteenth century Tallis’s position as ‘Father of English Church Music’ was undisputed, while Byrd’s music was relatively neglected. The turn of the twentieth century, however, saw the beginning of a re-evaluation of the respective merits of the two composers. This article examines the nineteenth-century reception of Tallis and Byrd, paying particular… 
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