Thomas Tallis

Thomas Tallis

                                                             (c. 1505-1585)

Read about Thomas Tallis in Wikipedia. (Here you can listen to the Dale Warland Singers perform Tallis's If ye love me and the Tudor Consort, directed by Alistair Carey, sing an excerpt from Tallis' Lamentations of Jeremiah, recorded at Madonna dei Monti, Rome.)

There are 49 recordings of Tallis' work available to borrow from the Bibliothèque nationale [BNQ].

Performances by the Chapelle du Roi, Alistair Dixon conducting: Euge caeli porta, If ye love me, Short Service "Dorian": Magnificat, Nunc dimittis.

Click to Listen to to another version of  If ye love me, sung by the Cambridge Singers directed by John Rutter.

Click for still another version of If ye love me, sung by the choir of Southwell Minster.

Listen to Anonymous, a Polish a cappella ensemble, sing Tallis' Lamentations of Jeremiah (Part I, Part II-I, Part II-II).

Click to listen to the Tallis Scholars sing Tallis' 40-voice motet, Spem in Alium.

Listen to another version of Spem in Alium.

Still Another Spem in Alium with views of the Welsh countryside.

Latin and English texts of O Sacrum Convivium.

Loquebantur variis linguis, The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter conducting. 

O Nata lux,The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter conducting. 



Thomas Tallis composed two settings for Te lucis ante terminum, ferial and festive. Click to read what Nick Sandon writes in the notes for Thomas Tallis: The Complete Works, Vol. 5, a CD performed by the Chapelle du roi, Alistair Dixon conducting.

Te lucis ante terminum (text), Sarum Festal Tone, à 5, (listen); and Ferial Tone, à 5 (listen); both performed by St. David's Episcopal Church Choir, Austin, Texas.

In addition to the two settings, Te lucis ante terminum is sometimes sung to Tallis' Canon. 

Tallis wrote nine tunes for the singing of the psalms.  The Eighth Tune or Tallis’ Canon especially is used to provide the setting for a number of hymns. Click to read about Tallis' Canon.

(There are three hymns in Common Praise sung to Tallis' Canon: #14, O gracious Light, Lord Jesus Christ; #25, Glory to thee, my God, this night; and #664, In Jesus' Name, we pause to pray. A fourth hymn is sung to The Third Tune:  #191, To mock your reign, O dearest Lord.)

Click to hear Glory to thee, my God this night  performed to the tune of Tallis' Canon by Libera.

Click to listen to Glory to thee, my God this night performed by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge.  Words: Thomas Ken, 1692.  Music: Tallis' Canon.

Click to read more about Te lucis ante terminum and listen to arrangements by other composers.