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Thomas Tallis
Short Name: Thomas Tallis
Full Name: Tallis, Thomas, ca. 1505-1585
Birth Year: 1505
Death Year: 1585

Thomas Tallis (b. Leicestershire [?], England, c. 1505; d. Greenwich, Kent, England 1585) was one of the few Tudor musicians who served during the reigns of Henry VIII: Edward VI, Mary, and Elizabeth I and managed to remain in the good favor of both Catholic and Protestant monarchs. He was court organist and composer from 1543 until his death, composing music for Roman Catholic masses and Anglican liturgies (depending on the monarch). With William Byrd, Tallis also enjoyed a long-term monopoly on music printing. Prior to his court connections Tallis had served at Waltham Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral. He composed mostly church music, including Latin motets, English anthems, settings of the liturgy, magnificats, and two sets of lamentations. His most extensive contrapuntal work was the choral composition, "Spem in alium," a work in forty parts for eight five-voice choirs. He also provided nine modal psalm tunes for Matthew Parker's Psalter (c. 1561).

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Tunes by Thomas Tallis (38)AsInstancesIncipitsort descending
TALYSThomas Tallis (ca. 1505-1585) (Composer)2
TALLIS' SEVENTH TUNEThomas Tallis (Composer)2
[O God, open my lips]Thomas Tallis (Composer)2
[All-seeing Lord, whose pow'r unknown]Thos. Tallis (Composer)2
[Glory be to Thee, O Lord] (Tallis 11111)T. Tallis, c. 1505-85 (Composer)611111 17
TALLIS'S HYMNT. Tallis (Composer)911111 23431 44332
[Lord, have mercy upon us] (Tallis)Thomas Tallis (Composer)211111 71117 2217
FIRST MODE MELODYThomas Tallis (Composer)1511171 32222 5545
BENSON (Tallis)Thomas Tallis, d. 1585 (Composer)411216 71334 32221
[Chant] (Tallis 11566)Thomas Tallis (Composer)811566 71171
TALLIS' CANONThomas Tallis (Composer)42611711 22343 14433
VENI CREATOR (Tallis)Thomas Tallis (Composer)511715 54556 71117
[Chant] (Tallis)Thomas Tallis (Composer)312167 1
[Chant] (Tallis 12216)Thomas Tallis (Composer)212216 71
[When Jesus to our rescue drew]T. Tallis (Composer)213211 17132 11713
THE FIRST TUNEThomas Tallis (Composer)213321 54524 56657
THIRD MODE MELODYThomas Tallis (Composer)4513333 44555 55655
THE FIFTH TUNEThomas Tallis (Composer)413455 64543 23134
TALLIS' ORDINALThomas Tallis (Composer)20713455 66551 76651
SEVENTH MODE MELODYThomas Tallis (Composer)315234 55655 45152
[Chant] (171223)Tallis (Composer)117122 32171
[Twofold Amen] (Tallis)Thomas Tallis, c. 1505-1585 (Composer)532412 167
[Chant] (Tallis 33233)Tallis (Arranger)6333233 21223
[Chant] (Tallis 34322)T. Tallis (Composer)234322 31171
[The Lord be with you] (Tallis)Thomas Tallis (Composer)335555
[Glory be to Thee, O Lord] (Tallis 44444)Thomas Tallis (c. 1510-1585) (Composer)244444 43
[Chant] (Tallis 51177)T. Tallis (Composer)451177 71111 76666
[Lord, have mercy] (Tallis)T. Tallis (Composer)355536 65655 53665
TALLIS CHANTTallis (Composer)355555 53656 71675
[Glory be to the Father, and to the Son] (Tallis)T. Tallis (Composer)255555 55555 55555
[Chant] (Tallis 55555)T. Tallis (Composer)255555 665
[Glory be to Thee, O Lord] (Tallis 555565)Thomas Tallis, d. 1585 (Composer)555556 5
[Glory be to Thee, O Lord] (Tallis 5555665)Thomas Tallis, d. 1585 (Composer)855556 65
[Response to Scripture] (Tallis)Thomas Tallis, 16th C. (Composer)255556 65
[Chant] (Tallis 57655)Thomas Tallis (Composer)757655
[Enter thy courts, thou Word of Life]Thos. Tallis (Composer)251231 42321 71512
SECOND MODE MELODYThomas Tallis, 1515-1585 (Composer)566716 77656 77662
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