Fitting music for these days are the Lamentations of Jeremiah, as put to profound polyphony by the genius of Thomas Tallis (1505 – 1585), whose life spans what we call the ‘Reformation’, or the Protestant revolt against Catholicism, and the ‘Counter Reformation’, or the Catholic defense against this revolt on various levels, spiritual (Saint Philip Neri and countless other saints), doctrinal (the clear teaching of the Council of Trent) and cultural (the bolstering of the Liturgy, including the chants and polyphony, and other great works of sacred art and architecture).

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