Thomas Tallis

1502 - 1585

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Thomas Tallis (c. 1505 – 23 November 1585; also Tallys or Talles) was an English composer of High Renaissance music. His compositions are primarily vocal, and he occupies a primary place in anthologies of English choral music. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Tallis has received more than 1,382,482 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Thomas Tallis is the 306th most popular composer (down from 247th in 2019), the 923rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 780th in 2019) and the 9th most popular British Composer.

Thomas Tallis is most famous for his "Lamentations of Jeremiah" which is a setting of the biblical text from Lamentations.

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Among composers, Thomas Tallis ranks 306 out of 1,451Before him are Josef Mysliveček, Klaus Schulze, Reynaldo Hahn, Nikolai Myaskovsky, Henri Dutilleux, and Bernard Herrmann. After him are Clément Janequin, Cécile Chaminade, André Campra, Evald Aav, Franco Alfano, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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Among people born in 1502, Thomas Tallis ranks 9Before him are Atahualpa, John III of Portugal, La Malinche, Pieter Coecke van Aelst, Miguel López de Legazpi, and Pedro Nunes. After him are Anthony Maria Zaccaria, Otto Henry, Elector Palatine, Heinrich Aldegrever, Barthel Beham, Louis II, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken, and Susanna of Bavaria. Among people deceased in 1585, Thomas Tallis ranks 6Before him are Pope Gregory XIII, Pierre de Ronsard, Ismihan Sultan, Yermak Timofeyevich, and Andrea Gabrieli. After him are Anne of Denmark, Electress of Saxony, Pontus De la Gardie, Rembert Dodoens, Luca Cambiaso, and Nicolò da Ponte.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Tallis ranks 923 out of 8,785Before him are John McAfee (1945), William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne (1779), William Penn (1645), Bob Klose (1945), David Irving (1938), and Thomas of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Clarence (1388). After him are Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764), Terence Stamp (1938), John Dryden (1631), Alan Hodgkin (1914), Arthur Hailey (1920), and Karl Jenkins (1944).

Among COMPOSERS In United Kingdom

Among composers born in United Kingdom, Thomas Tallis ranks 9Before him are Benjamin Britten (1913), John Barry (1933), Gustav Holst (1874), William Byrd (1543), Keith Emerson (1944), and Eugen d'Albert (1864). After him are Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948), John Dunstaple (1390), Michael Nyman (1944), Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872), Ethel Smyth (1858), and Frederick Delius (1862).