Englishman Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585) grew from being a competent to an outstanding composer well before his death. His mature works are vibrant and offer emotional variety, spiritual depth, and technical virtuosity. Among his best compositions one would probably include Lamentations of Jeremiah and the forty voice motet Spem in allium. Still, Tallis may be known to most as either the composer of a canon that is part of western hymnody or a melody from a psalter that Vaughn Williams turned into Fantasy on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.
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Classical Archives: Thomas Tallis
Biography and music files offered in MIDI format.
Catholic Encyclopedia entry focusing especially on his contributions to Roman Catholic liturgics and hymnody, even after the English Reformation.
Biography centering on formative musical events and compositional abilities. Includes related composers, partial discography, and supplemental information relating to his historical era from the Here Of A Sunday Morning radio program.
Musicalics entry with summary of his life and two lengthier biographies. Attention paid to his relationship with Byrd and their monopoly on English music publishing.
Thomas Tallis (1505 - 1585)
Entry from Classical Net's Basic Repertoire List with biography, influences, students, comments on his influence over English music, posterity, and suggested recordings.
Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585): A Short Biography and Discography
Information provided by the Medieval Music and Arts Foundation includes an extensive list of known recordings of the composer's works.
Thomas Tallis: The Father of English Church Music
Brief biography, portrait, key works, timeline, recommended recordings, and historical and societal context from Humanities Web.
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