Te lucis ante terminum (Thomas Tallis)

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  • (Posted 2020-05-21) 
CPDL #58738:  Original pitch for STTBarB:     
CPDL #58737:  Transposed up a major third for SAATB:     
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 note values retained. Plainsong added from the 1541 Sarum hymnal. The score includes a critical commentary.
  • (Posted 2013-01-01)  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
  • (Posted 2005-09-18)  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.
  • (Posted 2004-01-30)  CPDL #06570:      (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: Tallis composed two settings of this hymn. This page contains editions of both and also editions of the setting misleadingly known as the 'ferial tone'. For separate editions of the so-called 'festal tone', 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.