Preces and Responses (Thomas Tallis)

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  • (Posted 2022-11-03)  CPDL #71377:   
Editor: Clark Brydon (submitted 2022-11-03).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Usage for Church of Ireland: 'O Lord, save the Queen' has been replaced with 'O Lord, guide and defend our rulers'
  • (Posted 2016-06-12)  CPDL #39983:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-06-12).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 56 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: This is the version found in Cathedral Music, Volume 1 (William Boyce). Clefs modernised and original note values retained.
  • (Posted 2010-12-16)  CPDL #22869:   
Editor: Adrian Wall (submitted 2010-12-16).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 264 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Combining aspects of the two source variants. In G.

General Information

Title: Preces and Responses
Composer: Thomas Tallis

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SAATB, SATB in Preces
Genre: SacredPreces and Responses

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript c. 1625-1640 in the Peterhouse Partbooks: Former Caroline Set (John Cosin)
    Manuscript c. 1625-1640 in the Peterhouse Partbooks: Latter Caroline Set (John Cosin)
First published: 1661
    2nd published: 1760 in Cathedral Music, Volume 1, p. 1
Description: Several versions of Tallis's responses have been made (see link below). Leonard Ellinwood's edition in EECM volume 13 has a "first" and a "second" set of Preces and Responses (based on the "former" and "latter" sets of Peterhouse Partbooks, respectively); however, essentially, they are variants of the same music.

External websites:

  • Chapter on this work in Thomas Tallis and his music in Victorian England by Suzanne Cole, available on Google Books

Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Preces and Responses.