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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Spurs Sales for Classical Music Piece [VIDEO]

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Jul 13, 2012 05:30 PM EDT

Tallis Scholars

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The huge success of E L James' adult novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" is making a sharp increase in the sales of a classical music piece.

Thomas Tallis' "Spem in alium," which was featured in the British author's best seller, went to No.7 this week in the official UK Classical Singles Chart. The album was recorded by the British vocal ensemble "Tallis Scholars" more than 25 years ago.

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"I haven't read 50 Shades of Grey," said Peter Phillips, founder and director of Tallis Scholars. "But I am most grateful to the author for introducing so many new listeners to the musical sensation that is Thomas Tallis' Spem in alium."

The Renaissance motet Spem in alium, translated as "Hope in Any Other," was written around 1570 by English composer Thomas Tallis, who flourished as a church musician in the 16th century.

He wrote this piece in 40 parts - unusually high number - in Latin.

Listen to the Tallis' piece here.

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