Yes, we know that the—ahem—domination of Fifty Shades of Grey has helped boost sales of sex toys. But now we’re hearing reports that the sexy tale of the young Anastasia Steele and her kinky billionaire boyfriend, Christian Grey, is giving classical music a jolt, too.
NPR reports that sales of Thomas Tallis’s Spem in alium, recorded more than two decades ago, are soaring, thanks to E.L. James’s mention of the motet in her book. James has released her own Fifty-inspired list of classical songs, including compositions by Bach, Verdi, Chopin, Mozart and others.
“I haven’t read Fifty Shades of Grey, but I am most grateful to the author for introducing so many new listeners to the musical sensation that is Thomas Tallis’s Spem in alium,” Tallis Scholars founder Peter Philips says in a statement. “Written during the reign of the first Queen Elizabeth, it features 40 individual voices singing in Latin that combine to a thrilling climax for the words respice humilitatem nostram (be mindful of our humiliation).”
Yes, he said “climax.” Christian would approve.
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