Preces and Responses (Thomas Tallis)

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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.
Editor: Adrian Wall (submitted 2010-12-16).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 264 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: An amalgam of a number of existing editions. In G.

General Information

Title: Preces and Responses
Composer: Thomas Tallis

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SAATB
Genre: SacredPreces and Responses

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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; 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.