Te lucis ante terminum (Thomas Tallis)

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Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2020-05-21).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 190 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Both settings. Edited from the Byrd/Tallis Cantiones Sacrae of 1575. Original pitch and note values retained. Plainsong added. The score includes a critical commentary.
Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2020-05-21).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 191 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Both settings. The same edition as #58738, but transposed up a major third for SAATB.
  • CPDL #27935:   
Editor: Adrian Wall (submitted 2013-01-01).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 140 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transposed up a tone from original written pitch, for SATBarB
  • CPDL #09708:      (Finale 2004)
Editor: Thomas F. Strode (submitted 2005-09-18).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 116 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Ferial Tone only. See discussion section for notes on minor errors and a question whether the title of this article is correct.
  • CPDL #06606:      (Finale 2002)
Editor: Paul R. Marchesano (submitted 2004-01-30).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 120 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Setting of vs. 2, "Procul recedant somnia" only. Festal and Ferial tone, but lacking plainsong - Tallis's polyphony only.

General Information

Title: Te lucis ante terminum (ferial tone)
Composer: Thomas Tallis

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: ATTBarB or SAATB.
Genre: SacredOffice hymn

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1575 in Cantiones quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur, no. 20

Description: One of two settings by Tallis of this text. This is the ferial tone setting; for the other one, see Te lucis ante terminum (festal tone)

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Te lucis ante terminum.