Composing music in a time of turmoil and uncertainty was a difficult task that took courage and loyalty to preserving the sacred music of the Christian faith. It could mean being accused of treason and execution, depending on who was in power at the time.
The video below is a history of two of those composers, Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. They were caught between the Catholic and Protestant world of Henry VIII. Their efforts and what they left for the world is worth our understanding. A tour is interesting of many of the places where the music was composed and performed. Musicians will appreciate the study of the music and its beauty.
Sacred Music Composers William Byrd & Thomas Tallis: “Singing the Lord’s song in a strange land”