TALLIS' CANON

Composer: Thomas Tallis

Thomas Tallis (c. 1505 – 23 November 1585) was an English composer. Tallis flourished as a church musician in 16th century Tudor England. He occupies a primary place in anthologies of English church music, and is considered one of England's greatest early composers. He is honoured for his original voice in English musicianship. No contemporary portrait of Tallis survives: the earliest, painted by Gerard van der Gucht, dates from 150 years after Tallis died, and there is no certainty that it is a likeness. Little is known about Tallis's early life, but there seems to be agreement that he was born in the early 16th century, toward the close of the reign of Henry VII. Little is known about Tallis's childhood and his significance with mu… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Thomas Tallis
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Incipit: 11711 22(34 )3144 33221
Key: G Major or modal
Source: Parker's Whole Psalter, c. 1561, adapt.

Texts

An Evening Hymn

All praise to You, my God, this night,
For all the blessings of the light.
Keep me, O keep me, King of kings,
Beneath the shelter of Your wings.

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Notes

TALLIS CANON is one of nine tunes Thomas Tallis (PHH 62) contributed to Matthew Parker's Psalter (around 1561). There it was used as a setting for Psalm 67. In the original tune the melody began in the tenor, followed by the soprano, and featured repeated phrases. Thomas Ravenscroft (PHH 59) published the tune, with the repeat phrases omitted, in his Whole Book of Psalmes (1621). The Ravenscroft version is the setting that virtually all modern hymnals use for this text.

TALLIS CANON is a round most congregations can easily sing in two parts, especially when women sing the first part and men sing the second. The congregation could also sing the hymn as a four-part round (each entry at four beats). Try also to sing unaccompanied (organists could sound the first phrase of each entry and then sing along).

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Media

Baptist Hymnal 1991 #449
Text: All Praise to You, My God, This Night
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #443
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
  • Four-part harmony, full score, Full version (PDF, NWC)
  • Four-part harmony, part score, Simple canonic performance (PDF, NWC)
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1119
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #113
Text: All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #3323
Text: Jehovah Hear Thee in Thy Grief
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #4160
Text: The Man Who Once Has Found Abode
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #441
Text: All Praise to You, My God, This Night
The United Methodist Hymnal #682
Text: All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night

Instances

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Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #220
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #249
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #15Text
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #449TextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Catholic Book of Worship III #452
Catholic Book of Worship III #679
Catholic Book of Worship III #681
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #410TextPage Scan
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #521Text
Chalice Hymnal #48TextPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #335TextPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #485Page Scan
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #443ScoreAudio
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1119ScoreAudio
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #597TextPage Scan
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #223TextPage Scan
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #808Text
Common Praise (1998) #14
Common Praise (1998) #25TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #664Page Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #14TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #384TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #488TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #565Text
Gather (3rd ed.) #833Page Scan
Gather Comprehensive #739Page Scan
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #729Page Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #675Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #748Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #25
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #43TextPage Scan
Hymns and Psalms - 1983 #642
Hymns and Psalms - 1983 #765
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #278
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #279
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #274
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #313
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #585
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #115
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #229
Les Chants du Pèlerin #113
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #134TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #394TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #883TextPage Scan
Moravian Book of Worship #569TextPage Scan
Moravian Book of Worship #803TextPage Scan
Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #677
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #535
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #542TextPage Scan
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #1046TextPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #441Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #77TextPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #283
Rejoice in the Lord #591
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #53
Sing Justice! Do Justice! #15
Sing the Faith #2098
Sing! A New Creation #129TextAudioPage Scan
Singing Our Faith: a hymnal for young Catholics #219
Singing Our Faith: a hymnal for young Catholics #220TextPage Scan
Singing the Faith #142
Singing the New Testament #210
Small Church Music #584Audio
Small Church Music #607Audio
Songs for Life #78TextPage Scan
Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #36aText
Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #45bText
Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #55bText
Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #61bText
Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #63Text
Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #75bText
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #575
The Cyber Hymnal #113TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #3323TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4160TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #9562ScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #54Text
The New Century Hymnal #100TextPage Scan
The New English Hymnal #244
The United Methodist Hymnal #682TextScoreFlexScoreAudio
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #325Text
The Worshiping Church #359
The Worshiping Church #399
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #401TextFlexScorePage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #732TextFlexScorePage Scan
TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #19TextAudio
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #440TextPage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #715TextAudio
Worship and Rejoice #717TextAudioPage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #747TextAudioPage Scan
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #36
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #45
Worship: a hymnal and service book for Roman Catholics (3rd ed.) #177
Worship: a hymnal and service book for Roman Catholics (3rd ed.) #652
Worship: a hymnal and service book for Roman Catholics (3rd ed.) #716
Include 110 pre-1979 instances



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