If Ye Love Me – Thomas Tallis

I would love to meet Thomas Tallis! He lived for some 80 years from approx 1505 to 1585. He spent 40 odd years as a gentleman of the Chapel Royal and served in one capacity or other under Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I. What stories he would have to tell of courtly intrigue, political machinations and religious bigotry. He managed to serve many masters and maintain his dignity. Elizabeth I granted him, along with William Byrd, a monopoly on printed music and music paper! He wrote some of the greatest music ever, ever conceived. Oh! and he appeared in Shakespeare in Love!

Luckily for us, much of his music survived (see monopoly on printed music above!). It was his colleague and friend William Byrd who said: “Since Singing is so good a thing, I wish all men would learn to sing.”

If you need a reason to learn to sing then here is one. Listen to If Ye Love Me and say no more…………

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