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Thomas Tallis
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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 (37)AsInstancessort descendingIncipit
[Chant] (171223)Tallis (Composer)117122 32171
[Glory be to Thee, O Lord] (Tallis 44444)Thomas Tallis (c. 1510-1585) (Composer)244444 43
TALYSThomas Tallis (ca. 1505-1585) (Composer)2
[Enter thy courts, thou Word of Life]Thos. Tallis (Composer)251231 42321 71512
[Chant] (Tallis 34322)T. Tallis (Composer)234322 31171
[Glory be to the Father, and to the Son] (Tallis)T. Tallis (Composer)255555 55555 55555
TALLIS' SEVENTH TUNEThomas Tallis (Composer)2
[O God, open my lips]Thomas Tallis (Composer)2
[Chant] (Tallis 12216)Thomas Tallis (Composer)212216 71
[All-seeing Lord, whose pow'r unknown]Thos. Tallis (Composer)2
[Chant] (Tallis 55555)T. Tallis (Composer)255555 665
[Response to Scripture] (Tallis)Thomas Tallis, 16th C. (Composer)255556 65
[THE TEN COMMANDMENTS] TALLIST. Tallis (Composer)2
[Lord, have mercy upon us] (Tallis)Thomas Tallis (Composer)211111 71117 2217
[When Jesus to our rescue drew]T. Tallis (Composer)213211 17132 11713
THE FIFTH TUNEThomas Tallis (Composer)3
[Chant] (Tallis)Thomas Tallis (Composer)312167 1
TALLIS CHANTTallis (Composer)355555 53656 71675
[The Lord be with you] (Tallis)Thomas Tallis (Composer)335555
[Lord, have mercy] (Tallis)T. Tallis (Composer)355536 65655 53665
SEVENTH MODE MELODYThomas Tallis (Composer)315234 55655 45152
[Chant] (Tallis 51177)T. Tallis (Composer)451177 71111 76666
VENI CREATOR (Tallis)Thomas Tallis (Composer)411715 54556 71117
BENSON (Tallis)Thomas Tallis, d. 1585 (Composer)411216 71334 32221
[Glory be to Thee, O Lord] (Tallis 555565)Thomas Tallis, d. 1585 (Composer)555556 5
[Twofold Amen] (Tallis)Thomas Tallis, c. 1505-1585 (Composer)532412 167
SECOND MODE MELODYThomas Tallis, 1515-1585 (Composer)566716 77656 77662
[Glory be to Thee, O Lord] (Tallis 11111)T. Tallis, c. 1505-85 (Composer)611111 17
[Chant] (Tallis 57655)Thomas Tallis (Composer)757655
[Chant] (Tallis 11566)Thomas Tallis (Composer)811566 71171
[Glory be to Thee, O Lord] (Tallis 5555665)Thomas Tallis, d. 1585 (Composer)855556 65
TALLIS'S HYMNT. Tallis (Composer)911111 23431 44332
FIRST MODE MELODYThomas Tallis (Composer)1511171 32222 5545
THIRD MODE MELODYThomas Tallis (Composer)4413333 44555 55655
[Chant] (Tallis 33233)Tallis (Arranger)6333233 21223
TALLIS' ORDINALThomas Tallis (Composer)20713455 66551 76651
TALLIS' CANONThomas Tallis (Composer)42311711 22343 14433
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