Tallis began life when I was a serving member in Jethro Tull. (The name is, of course, taken from Thomas Tallis – one of the two founding fathers of the golden age of English Music. William Byrd was the other.
At a time when no one (other than students of advanced harmony and counterpoint and, particularly, canonic form) knew of the existence of Pachelbel’s Canon and Gigue in D, I arranged the canon for three synthesisers, bass guitar and drums. I studied and analysed it whilst a student at the RAM; the Gigue is also a superb example of the form and style of the period.
It was recorded at Maison Rouge in 1977 with John Glasscock and Barrie Barlow. The acoustic guitar was played by Robert Foster – a pupil of mine when I held a teaching post at Trinity College. He later joined Griffon – a slightly more esoteric group but not dissimilar to Tull. I played all the keyboard parts (including portative pipe organ). [Read more…]