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Spem 1st Try

First Published: 2019 January 30

Draft 1

This year, the Grinnell Singers is performing Thomas Tallis’1 work Spem in Alium.2 This piece has 40 parts. Grinnell Singers has3 40 people. So, I’m on my own part.

We tried singing it. It went ok. Thankfully, the piece is old enough that it’s mostly three note chords throughout, so I could sound not completely wrong. C’est la vie.


  1. I never know whether that gets another s

  2. which I recently learned was mentioned in 50 shades of grey

  3. approximately