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TALLIS, Thomas
b London?, c1505
d Greenwich, 23 November 1585, aged c eighty

He held various small appointments and then in 1543 was made a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, remaining so for the rest of his life. Both Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth granted him leases and money. In 1572 he and Byrd were granted a royal licence giving them the sole rights for printing music and music paper in England.

1567 (c62)

p Psalm tunes printed in 'Archbishop Parker's Psalter'

Tallis composed many Latin masses, lamentations, motets (including Spem in alium, for forty-part choir), pieces for keyboard, viols, etc.

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