Tallis: Euge celi porta
Euge celi porta is the second verse of the Sequence Ave
preclara maris stella, sung in the Lady Mass on Sundays (and also on the octave of the
Assumption); here the plainchant is sung in a decorated form in the tenor line. It is
possible that Tallis originally composed music for all the even-numbered verses of the
Sequence, so that a complete liturgical performance would have alternated polyphony and
plainchant or organ.
Nick Sandon,10th December 1998