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Tallis, Thomas

Born: 1505 AD
Died: 1585 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Composers

1505 – An English composer was born this year in England.


1532 – His first known appointment to a musical position was as organist of Dover Priory, a Benedictine priory at Dover (now Dover College).


1538 – His career fortunately took him to London.


1543 – He was composing and performing for Henry VIII until the king’s death.


1547 – He was one of the first church musicians to write anthems set to English words, although Latin continued to be used also, during the inauguration of reformed Anglican liturgy.


1558 – He also worked for Queen Elizabeth I until the time of his death.


1585 – He died peacefully in his house in Greenwich in November of this year, and was buried in the chancel of the parish of St Alfege’s Church.