F: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
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Best of British Classical Music: an A-Z
6. F: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Two big hitters on the British composition scene are responsible for this rapturous piece: Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis, and Romantic Ralph Vaughan Williams. Ethereal strings hum Thomas Tallis’ original theme, composed in 1567, which takes on a new identity as the lush pastoral music swells.