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Thomas Tallis

Tallis or Tallys, Thomas, c.1510–1585, English composer, who served the royal household, from c.1537 to his death, as organist. He wrote principally Latin motets (of which Spem in alium, in 40 parts, was an unsurpassed technical feat), hymn tunes, services, and anthems.

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