Fifty Shades of Huh?
As I’ve mentioned before, one of my favorite compositions from the Renaissance is Thomas Tallis’ miraculous forty-part motet “Spem in Alium.” My favorite performance is by the infallible Renaissance choir The Tallis Scholars.
The Tallis Scholars have recently been reporting on their Facebook fan page that their 27-year-old recording of “Spem in Alium” was poised to take the number one spot on the best-selling classical single chart in the UK. I’ve watched with considerable surprise and pleasure to see them hit the number one spot first in the US and then in the UK.
What accounts for this sudden, inexplicable attention? you may ask. I was equally amazed and appalled to learn that their new-found success has been driven by the bondage-themed mega-thriller Fifty Shades of Grey. Apparently the book’s heroine enjoys some light spanking while “lost in the astral, seraphic voices.”
The Guardian has the story here.