O nata lux (Thomas Tallis)

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Editor: Adrian Wall (submitted 2023-09-10).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 254 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transposed up a tone for SMATB. Note values halved.
  • (Posted 2023-08-05)  CPDL #74754:     
Editor: Simon Biazeck (submitted 2023-08-05).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 200 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch, note-values, key signatures, and mensuration sign retained. Barlines, cue-size accidentals within the staves and accidentals in square brackets above the staves are editorial; the latter serving, in part, to reinforce the editor’s approach to musica ficta—the modern conception of performers’ accidentals. Cue-size notes are editorial. Coloration is indicated by thick corner brackets. Dashed syllabic slurs are editorial.
  • (Posted 2022-07-08)  CPDL #69901:       
Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2022-07-08).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 115 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Edited from the Byrd/Tallis 1575 Cantiones Sacrae. Original pitch and note values retained.
  • (Posted 2022-06-15)  CPDL #69713:        Icon_ly_ext.png
Editor: Peter Hilton (submitted 2022-06-15).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 83 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC SA
Edition notes: Set on one page without bar lines, note lengths halved.
  • (Posted 2021-01-03)  CPDL #62236:         
Editor: Maia McCormick (submitted 2021-01-03).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 45 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a whole step (to Am) for SAATB. Duple vs. triple meter marked (via bracket) for optimal text stresses.
  • (Posted 2020-05-21)  CPDL #58740:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2020-05-21).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 57 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2017-03-14)  CPDL #43550:     
Editor: Phoebe Wing (submitted 2017-03-14).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 52 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a minor third for SSATB. Text underlay as in part book "Cantiones quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur."
  • (Posted 2016-06-12)  CPDL #39987:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-06-12).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 46 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2013-11-28)  CPDL #30659:     
Editor: Tony Compton (submitted 2013-11-28).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 33 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: English words provided also, as an alternative to Latin in performance
  • (Posted 2013-01-31)  CPDL #28181:         
Editor: Gerd Eichler (submitted 2013-01-31).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 61 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Mensural notation, original note values and key signature, clefs modernized, musica ficta clearly marked.
Last revised: 2013-02-23
  • (Posted 2009-10-10)  CPDL #20315:     
Editor: Sjouke Bruining (submitted 2009-10-10).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 256 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2008-04-15)  CPDL #16625:     
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2008-04-15).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 92 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2007-12-21)  CPDL #15704:  Network.png PDF with LilyPond source included.
Editor: Wilbert Berendsen (submitted 2007-12-21).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 68 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: LilyPond source included in PDF. SATTB voicing.
  • (Posted 2004-05-20)  CPDL #07022:  Network.png PDF file available.
Editor: Ted Dean (submitted 2004-05-20).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 78 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transposed up a major second. Voicing described as SATTB on external site but SAATB is perhaps more appropriate.
  • (Posted 2000-04-18)  CPDL #00806:         
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2000-04-18).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 39 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: SATTB voicing.

General Information

Title: O nata lux
Composer: Thomas Tallis
Source of text: 10th century hymn

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATBarB, SATTB, SAATB, or ATTBarB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1575 in Cantiones quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur, no. 8
    2nd published: 1980 in The Chester Book of Motets, Book 9, no. 6

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  • Free choir training aids for this work are available at Choralia.

Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at O nata lux.