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Thomas Tallis

Born: 1505. Died: 1585. Lived in: England

Little is known about Tallis's early life, but there seems to be agreement that he was born in the early 16th century, toward the close of the reign of Henry VII. His first known appointment to a musical position was as organist of Dover Priory in 1530-31, a Benedictine priory at Dover (now Dover College) in 1532. His career took him to London, then (probably in the autumn of 1538) to the Augustinian abbey of Holy Cross at Waltham until the abbey was dissolved in 1540.

composed and performed for Henry VIII, Edward VI (1547-1553), Queen Mary (1553-1558), and Queen Elizabeth I (1558 until Tallis died in 1585). Throughout his service to successive monarchs as organist and composer, Tallis avoided the religious controversies that raged around him, though, like William Byrd, he stayed an "unreformed Roman Catholic." Tallis was capable of switching the style of his compositions to suit the different monarchs' vastly different demands. Among other important composers of the time, including Christopher Tye and Robert White, Tallis stood out. Walker observes, "He had more versatility of style than either, and his general handling of his material was more consistently easy and certain."


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Philip Lawson : Prayers and Partsongs : SATB divisi : Songbook : 888680636005 : 00192462

Philip Lawson : Prayers and Partsongs

Thomas Tallis (1505-1585) was equally at ease composing simple settings of English texts, and more florid Latin motets, as the examples in this collection show.

Songlist: If Ye Love Me, Hear The Voice And Prayer, O Lord, Give Thy Holy Spirit, Salvator Mundi, O Sacrum Convivium

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Voicing: SATB divisi | 4433b | Songbook | $4.95 | A Cappella

Thomas Tallis : A Tallis Anthology : SATB : Songbook : 9780193534100

Thomas Tallis : A Tallis Anthology

This anthology comprises 17 of Tallis's shorter choral pieces, and is designed to provide choirs and students with a pratical and interesting cross-section of the composer's smaller-scale ourput. These are pratical perfoming editions, transposed where necessary, supplemented by a full critical apparatus for each peice and a general introduction to the anthology.

Songlist: Audivi vocem de caelo, Derelinquit impius, Hear the voice and prayer, If Ye Love Me, In ieiunio et fletu, In manus tuas, Laudate Dominum, Mihi autem nimis, O Lord, give thy Holy Spirit, O Lord, in thee is all my trust, O nata lux, O Sacrum Convivium, O salutaris hostia, Purge me, O Lord, Salvator mundi, Te lucis ante terminum, Verily, verily, I say unto you

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Voicing: SATB | 6605b | Songbook | $23.95 | A Cappella

Thomas Tallis : English Sacred Music : SATB : Songbook : 9780571522996 : 12-0571522998

Thomas Tallis : English Sacred Music

The sixteenth century was a time of religious upheaval in England. From Henry VIII's protestant reformation through Queen Mary's staunch but short-lived Catholic revival to the return of Anglicanism in Elizabethan times, it would have required careful diplomacy for a Roman Catholic like Thomas Tallis simply to stay alive. In fact he became the most respected composer of his generation and is now recognised as one of the country's greatest composers. 2005 was the five hundredth anniversary of Thomas Tallis' birth and his genius is celebrated in this collection of English-texted sacred music, selected and edited by Jeremy Summerly to provide an invaluable source of introits and anthems for choirs

Songlist: If You Love Me, Hear the Voice and Prayer, A New Commandment, O Lord, Give They Holy Spirit, I Call and Cry to Thee, O Lord, With All Our Heart, Discomfit Them, O Lord, Why Fumeth in Sight

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Voicing: SATB | 7304b | Songbook | $6.95 | A Cappella

Thomas Tallis : The Tallis Psalter - Psalms and Anthems : SATB : Songbook : 884088989521 : 1783050160 : 14042357

Thomas Tallis : The Tallis Psalter - Psalms and Anthems

The Tallis Psalter comprises a collection of Tallis's nine tunes for Archbishop Parker's Psalter, preces and responses, the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Dorian Service) and a number of easily learnable anthems, all by Tallis. David Skinner is one of the leading scholars in editing music of this period, and this book will be attractive to choirs looking for easily performable and new versions of Tallis choral works.

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Voicing: SATB | 40363b | Songbook | $14.95

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Hear the Voice and Prayer : SATB : Thomas Tallis : Songbook : 14014682 : 884088830946

Thomas Tallis : Hear the Voice and Prayer

Hear The Voice And Prayer is an delightful anthem, composed by Thomas Tallis and edited in this version by Paul Doe. This version is for SATB choir with optional Keyboard/Piano Reduction.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 14014682

If Ye Love Me : TTBB : Thomas Tallis : Sheet Music : 00153764 : 888680097295

Thomas Tallis : If Ye Love Me

Create a moment of reverence and reflection with this English Renaissance anthem, now arranged for men's voices. Ideal for concert and worship!

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $1.90 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00153764

If Ye Love Me : SAB : Thomas Tallis : Sheet Music : GIA2290 : 785147229001

Thomas Tallis : If Ye Love Me

One of the most widely sung motets of the 16th century. This Proulx edition for SAB voices is a must-have for your choral repetoire.

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.00 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| GIA2290

If Ye Love Me : SATB : Thomas Tallis : Sheet Music : GIA6519 : 785147651901

Thomas Tallis : If Ye Love Me

Keeping with this series' concept of maximizing the pedagogical potential of performed works, this motet, a sacred choral standard, offers solfege syllables for learning the parts and an "aural anchor accompaniment," a unique tool for developing better intonation. Minus the solfege and accompaniment the cherished Tallis motet stands ready to perform.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | Reduction

If Ye Love Me : SSA : Russell L. Robinson : Sheet Music : WW1380 : 884088142889

Russell L. Robinson : If Ye Love Me

One of the most recognized anthems from the English Renaissance in a new adaptation specifically geared to the limits of younger voices and middle school choirs. Intimate and expressive, this would work well in both concert and worship settings and provides a great way to introduce young singers to historical choral works. Available for SSA and 3-Part Mixed.

Arranger: Russell L. Robinson

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.90 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| WW1380
Other Voicings: SAB

O Nata Lux De Lumine : SATB : Nadia Boulanger : Sheet Music : 08770839 : 649325100318

Nadia Boulanger : O Nata Lux De Lumine

Arranger: Nadia Boulanger

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.75 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08770839

Salvator Mundi : SATB divisi : Tim Brown : Sheet Music : 08718036 : 073999180367

Tim Brown : Salvator Mundi

From the Cantiones sacrae of 1575, this reflective Renaissance motet displays the choral art of Thomas Tallis through long sustained phrases, chromaticism and striking dissonances. Ideal for madrigal groups and advanced ensembles. Available: SATB.

Arranger: Tim Brown

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $2.65 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08718036

Tallis Canon : SATB : Thomas Tallis : Sheet Music : 9780193357129 : 9780193357129

Thomas Tallis : Tallis Canon

In this beautiful arrangement of Tallis' popular hymn, Chilcott expertly utilizes the flexibility of the SATB double choir. The piece will be enjoyed by church and chamber choirs alike.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.90 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 9780193357129

Winter Canon : SATB : Thomas Tallis : Sheet Music : 00-41725 : 038081468051

Thomas Tallis : Winter Canon

Sung in unison, two, three, and eventually four-part round, this beautiful melody was penned by sixteenth century master of polyphony Thomas Tallis. An excellent teaching piece, the lyrical tune (set with an original winter text) sits so well in the voice. As a special touch, phrases from "In the Bleak Midwinter" are artfully woven throughout.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.05 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-41725
Other Voicings: SAB, SSA, 2-Part

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