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Thomas Tallis as played by Joe Van Moyland AKA Joe Lean
Known as "The Father of English Cathedral Music"
|born c. 1505/1514- died 23 November 1585|
| Character's Backstory: *This is a fictional character based loosely on a historical one*. |
In actual history, Thomas Tallis served the Royal Chapel as organist and composer during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I.
Social Status: Commoner
Position: Appointed Gentleman of the Chapel Royal in 1543
Personality Type: His epitaph says it all
Signature Look: Messy hair
Endearing Traits: His genius for sacred music and his ability to hide his true faith. Gentle, soft-spoken personality. Perceptive and modest.
Annoying Traits: To some, his hair
" As he did live, so also did he die,
in mild and quiet sort (O happy man)"
~ Epitaph of Thomas Tallis
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William Compton ( fictional -- no historical support for this as Compton who was at least 23 - 33 years older than Tallis died in 1528 and there is no record of Tallis in court before 1532)
Twin sisters Jane and Joan; he marries Joan.
Joan ____? 1552 (no children)
William Compton in the series
Thomas Wyatt in the series
Jane and Joan (twin sisters)
William Byrd, pupil (later in life) in reality
UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTER QUOTES
DEFINING EPISODES | MEMORABLE SCENES
The only known authentic image of Thomas Tallis, an engraving from around 1550.
Tallis' affair with Compton ends sadly
Tallis with Jane (Fiona Ryan)
St Alfege's Church: the Thomas Tallis organ console which is located in the north/west aisle.
Thomas Wyatt with Tallis
Thomas Tallis epitaph at Greenwich Parish Church
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*Below - BBC DOCUMENTARY in 3 parts - SACRED MUSIC SERIES:
EPISODE 3 OF 4: Tallis, Byrd and the Tudors
Four-part documentary series in which Simon Russell Beale explores the flowering of Western sacred music. Beale takes us back to Tudor England, a country in turmoil as monarchs change the national religion and Roman Catholicism is driven underground. In telling the story of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd, two composers at the centre of England's own musical Renaissance, Beale visits parish churches, great cathedrals and a private home where Catholic music would have been performed in secret. This is a documentary series in which actor and former chorister Simon Russell Beale explores the flowering of Western sacred music. Taking the viewer on a pilgrimage spanning six centuries Simon presents a rich mix of personal, political and musical stories. Each episode features some of the greatest music ever written.
Episode-3: Tallis, Byrd and the Tudors
Beale takes us back to Tudor England, a country in turmoil as monarchs change the national religion and
Roman Catholicism is driven underground. In telling the story of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd, two composers
at the centre of England\'s own musical Renaissance, Beale visits parish churches, great cathedrals
and a private home where Catholic music would have been performed in secret.
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|DuxCorvan||Spem in alium||0||Oct 13 2010, 2:38 PM EDT by DuxCorvan|
Thread started: Oct 13 2010, 2:38 PM EDT Watch
For those who don't know, "Spem in alium", the famous 40-part motet by Tallis, is heard during Anne Boleyn's death scene, in the last episode of the 2nd season. Roughly 40 years before it was composed, that's true. Much of the music heard in the series is in fact Elizabethan music.
BTW, Smeaton playing a four string violin in 1536 is plain ridiculous. The first examples weren't seen in England till the 1560s or later. Viols were much more popular then, but Smeaton was better known as a lutenist.
2 out of 3 found this valuable. Do you?
|Boleynpatentpending||Thomas Tallis-what was his deal?!||5||Sep 14 2010, 12:52 PM EDT by Nofretete|
Thread started: Sep 14 2010, 12:15 AM EDT Watch
OK, I'm watching deleting scenes of Thomas Tallis on Youtube and admit to be flabbergasted by the storyline they devised for him. First he's a gay man who isn't the slightest bit interested in women even when they all but fling themselves at him. Then he dumps his boyfriend, but is sad when his ex-boyfriend dies of the sweat. However, he suddenly decides he digs women, and pursues one of the twins who has a crush on him. Then she dies and he suddenly falls in love with the other twin. Who apparently kills herself to be with her dead sister. And he sees their ghosts. I mean... what were they thinking?
|Lady_anne2||Where is Thomas Tallis?||5||Jun 10 2008, 8:34 AM EDT by lettice|
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