History of Classical Music

Thomas Tallis

Thomas Tallis Thomas Tallis was a Catholic composer for four English monarchs. Thomas Tallis was from the Renaissance period. He was born in 1505. Where he was born is unknown. He died at the age of 80 in 1585, in Greenwich, England.

Tallis was a royal composer under Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary Tudor, and Elizabeth I. He worked in England. Tallis worked as an organist and did other professional things for the English monarchs. William Byrd was his student and influenced Tallis' development in music.

Tallis wrote religious vocal music, Latin motets, and English anthems. Some pieces of his are: Spem in Alium, Tallis Fantasia, The Lamentations of Jeremiah, and In Nomine.

His music included lots of different styles. His latest motet style was the English anthem. The English anthem was important in the early development of the motet.

Spem in Alium was made for forty voices. It had the largest set of voices recorded in Renaissance history. It was Tallis' last composition.

Tallis' music is still listened to today.

By Cayle B. and William M. (Grade 4 and Grade 5)

Music by Tallis


The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Classical Music

The World Book Encyclopedia, vol. 19

Classical Net: Tallis (http://www.classical.net/music/comp.lst/tallis.html)

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