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The World's Greatest Music
England's musical heritage is rich and diverse, so we've picked the most English of English music to celebrate St George's Day on 23 April.
A jewel in the crown in the English choral tradition, Tallis' elaborate 40-part motet is made up of eight interlocking choirs of five individual voices. The music gradually grows from its understated reflective opening to become a fervent religious outpouring, crying out for God to 'be mindful of our lowliness'. Put simply, it's arrestingly beautiful.
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