Thomas Tallis : Third Mode Melody - for piano or organ

Although it can be played on a piano, this piece is ideal on a sustaining instrument such as an organ or electronic keyboard. Tallis' theme has been used in the Hymn: Why fumeth in the Fight, and also by Vaughan Williams in his Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis, which in turn was used most effectively on the soundtrack to the film "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World". The video below shows this music being plaed, or scroll down to play the mp3 file and see the sheet music. Note that there is a difficult stretch of a 10th (two notes more than an octave). If you can't play the 2 notes together then "arpeggiate" them by playing the bottom note first and then the top note quickly afterwards. We also have an arrangement of this piece for four SATB recorders.



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