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THOMAS TALLIS  

(1505 - 1585)

The career of the English composer Thomas Tallis spans the troubled period of the reign of Henry VIII, with the sequestration of monastic property, the Protestant regime of his successor, the re-establishment of Catholicism under Queen Mary, and the subsequent changes under Queen Elizabeth. These political and religious upheavals had an obvious effect on music and musicians. Tallis began his career as organist at the Benedictine Priory at Dover, followed by similar service at Waltham Abbey until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1540. He was then organist at Canterbury Cathedral and in 1543 became a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, a position he retained until his death. Like Byrd, his pupil, he seems to have remained loyal to the old religion while nevertheless continuing to enjoy royal favour.

Church Music

Tallis wrote a quantity of Latin church music and contributed also to the reformed English liturgy, in some cases adapting earlier Latin compositions. One of his most remarkable achievements is the 40-voice Spem in alium. His setting of the Latin Holy Week liturgy Lamentations represents his work at its height. The composer’s name is widely known through the metrical psalm tune generally called ‘Tallis’s Canon’, a setting of God, grant we grace.

Secular and Instrumental Music

Surviving secular music by Tallis consists of a handful of part-songs, keyboard music for liturgical and non-liturgical purposes, and consort music that includes two four-part In Nomines—contrapuntal instrumental compositions based on a fragment from a Benedictus in Taverner’s Mass Gloria tibi Trinitas.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Sacred Masterpieces Naxos 8.501062
Artist Profile Series - Jeremy Summerly Naxos 8.506024
Early English Choral Music Naxos 8.505079
Sacred Masterpieces of the Renaissance Naxos 8.505020

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
AGNUS DEI - Classical Music for Reflection and Meditation Naxos
8.556701
Choral - Sacred
Art and Music: Bruegel - Music of His Time Naxos
8.558147
Chamber Music
Artist Profile Series - SUMMERLY, Jeremy Naxos
8.578072
Choral - Sacred
ARTISTRY OF HANS FAGIUS (THE) BIS
BIS-CD-140-41
Instrumental
BENEDICTUS - Classical Music for Reflection and Meditation Naxos
8.556705
Choral - Sacred
BYRD / TALLIS: Masses Naxos
8.553239
Choral - Sacred
BYRD, W.: Mass a 4 / PLUMMER, J.: Missa Sine nomine / TALLIS, T.: Mass for 4 Voices (Times Go by Turns) (New York Polyphony) BIS
BIS-2037
Vocal Ensemble
Choral Music - HILDEGARD OF BINGEN / PALESTRINA, G. / BYRD, W. / ISAAC, H. / JOSQUIN DES PREZ / DUFAY, G. (Voices of Ascension Chorus) Delos
DE3174
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music - PALESTRINA, G. / JOSQUIN DES PREZ / VIADANA, L. / VIADANA, L. / VICTORIA, T. / BYRD, W. (Beyond Chant Mysteries of the Renaissance) Delos
DE3165
Choral - Sacred
CLASSICAL MEDITATION Naxos
8.570364-65
Choral - Sacred
CREDO - Classical Music for Reflection and Meditation Naxos
8.556708
Choral - Sacred
Discover Early Music Naxos Educational
8.558170-71
Choral - Sacred
Early English Organ Music, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.550719
Instrumental
Elizabethan Songs and Consort Music Naxos
8.554284
Chamber Music
GLORIA - Classical Music for Reflection and Meditation Naxos
8.556702
Choral - Sacred
GREAT SACRED MASTERPIECES (10-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501062
Choral - Sacred
KING'S SINGERS (THE): From Byrd to the Beatles (PAL) Arthaus Musik
101248
Classical Concert
Lamentations (Oxford Camerata) Naxos
8.550572
Choral - Sacred
MYSTIC VOICES - Divine Music from the Heavens Naxos
8.570169-70
Choral - Sacred
Sacred Music - TALLIS, T. / ALLEGRI, G. / PERGOLESI, G.B. / MOZART, W.A. (Favourite Sacred Masterpieces) (Summerly, Halasz, Wildner, Kovacs) Naxos
8.578210
Choral - Sacred
SAINTS AND SINNERS - The Music of Medieval and Renaissance Europe [10 CD Boxed Set] Naxos
8.501067
Choral - Sacred, Instrumental
SALVE REGINA - Classical Music for Reflection and Meditation Naxos
8.556709
Choral - Sacred
SANCTUS - Classical Music for Reflection and Meditation Naxos
8.556704
Choral - Sacred
STORY OF BRITISH CLASSICAL MUSIC (THE) Naxos Educational
8.558193-94
Choral - Sacred
Story of Naxos (The) - The Soundtrack Naxos Digital Compilations
9.00124
Choral - Sacred
TALLIS (Eternal) Naxos
8.572081
Choral - Sacred, Chamber Music, Choral - Sacred, Instrumental, Chamber Music
TALLIS (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556842
Choral - Sacred
TALLIS, T.: Spem in alium / Lamentations (King's College Choir, Cleobury) Newton Classics
NC8802002
Choral - Sacred
TALLIS: Mass for Four Voices / Motets Naxos
8.550576
Choral - Sacred
TALLIS: Spem in alium / Missa Salve intemerata Naxos
5.110111
Choral - Sacred
TALLIS: Spem in alium / Missa Salve intemerata Naxos
8.557770
Choral - Sacred
TALLIS: Spem in alium / Missa Salve intemerata Naxos
6.110111
Choral - Sacred
TAVERNER and TUDOR MUSIC II: Gloria tibi Trinitas (Ars Nova Copenhagen) Ars Nova
8.226056
Choral - Sacred
THREE ELIZABETHS (THE): A Musical Celebration of Britain through the Centuries Naxos
8.557032-33
Chamber Music
TUDOR ORGAN MUSIC Naxos
8.570142
Instrumental
VOICE (Eternal) Naxos
8.572183
Choral - Sacred




 
 
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