Christopher Tye

Biography

Born: 1505   Died: 1572   Country: England  
Tye was an English organist and composer of choral and instrumental music. Apparently a native of East Anglia, Tye received a doctorate in Music from Cambridge in 1537 and was later associated with the Priory of Ely. Tye was a contemporary of Thomas Tallis, and contributed to the assimilation of continental structural principles into English music during the first half of the sixteenth century. Rather little survives of his sacred choral music, Read more but what does remain represents an interesting personal synthesis of the older English florid style and the techniques of structural imitation and syllabic text setting. Tye's sparing use of imitation and the general absence of soloist passages gives his music a tighter cohesiveness than that of the previous generation -- his mass Euge Bone is perhaps the most impressive example of the period.

Today, Tye is at least as well known as a composer of instrumental ensemble music for viol consort. He left 31 such compositions, apparently composed late in his life. These include 21 settings of the "In Nomine" type -- based on Taverner's cantus firmus and incorporating all manner of instrumental ideas within a purely polyphonic context. Tye is credited as the first significant composer of instrumental chamber music, and his examples are of uniformly high quality. They represent a substantial legacy for Western music. Read less
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  • 1.
    Serenissima: Music From Renaissance Europe On Venetian Viols
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34149 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Costanzo Festa,  Isaac Albeniz,  Phillippe Verdelot,  Anonymous  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rose Consort of Viols
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  • 2.
    16th Century Music For Viols
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1333 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Tallis,  Christopher Tye,  William Cornysh,  John Bull  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Rose Consort of Viols
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    Music From The Dow Partbooks: An Emerald In A Work Of Gold
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34115 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Mundy,  Nicholas Strogers,  Robert Mallory,  Nathaniel Giles  ... 
    Performer:  Rory McCleery,  Gwendolen [Soprano Vocal] Martin,  Emma Walshe,  John Bryan
    Conductor:  Rory McCleery
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rose Consort of Viols
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    Christopher Tye: The Western Wind Mass, Anthems & Motets
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3405 Release Date: 03/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christopher Tye
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir
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    Frans Bruggen Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 65836 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Francesco Barsanti,  Francesco Maria Veracini  ... 
    Performer:  Frans Brüggen,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Anner Bylsma,  Alda Stuurop  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brüggen-Consort
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    For His Majestys Sagbutts And Cornetts - English Music From Henry VIII to Charles II
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55406 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Pierre Alamire,  Hugh Aston,  Christopher Tye  ... 
    Performer:  Timothy Roberts,  Raphael Mizraki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts
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    Pro Pacem - Textes, Art & Musiques pour la Paix / Savall, Figueras, Hesperion XXI
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9894 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gilles Binchois,  Anonymous,  Jordi Savall,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Figueras
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Capella Reial de Catalunya,  Hespčrion XXI
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    The Glory Of New College
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 2091 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Taverner,  William Byrd,  Thomas Tallis,  Orlando Gibbons  ... 
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir
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    Reflection: Choral Music From Clare College Cambridge
    Label: Heritage   Catalog: 212 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Attwood,  Thomas Tallis,  Sir Edward Elgar,  John Hilton  ... 
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    Tye: Missa Euge Bone, Western Wynde Mass / O’donnell, Choir Of Westminster Abbey
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67928 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christopher Tye
    Conductor:  James O'Donnell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
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    English Anthem Collection From Oxford / Harper, Magdalen College Choir
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 4001 Release Date: 01/17/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  William Byrd,  Thomas Morley,  John Farmer,  Richard Farrant  ... 
    Conductor:  John Harper
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magdalen College Choir Oxford
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    A Golden Treasury Of Renaissance Music
    Label: Saydisc   Catalog: 65 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  King VIII Henry,  Christopher Tye,  William Cornysh,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Paula Chateauneuf,  Suzie LeBlanc,  Deborah Roberts,  Richard [Bass Vocals] Wistreich  ... 
    Conductor:  James Wood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua of London,  Fretwork,  The York Waits  ... 
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    In Nomine - English Music For Viols / Fretwork
    Label: Amon Ra   Catalog: 29 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Johnson,  Alfonso Ferrabosco,  Thomas Tallis,  Robert Parsons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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    Tudor City / New York Polyphony
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2186 Release Date: 04/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd,  William Cornysh,  Andrew Smith,  Worcester Frag Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  New York Polyphony
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Polyphony
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    Essential Renaissance
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 88592 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Clément Janequin,  Adrian Willaert,  Ludovico Agostini  ... 
    Performer:  Della Jones,  Arleen Augér,  Hopkinson Smith,  Paul O'Dette  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Andrew Parrott,  Anthony Rooley,  Emmanuelle Haďm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort & Players,  Consort of Musicke,  Le Concert D'Astrée  ... 
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    English Cathedral Classics
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3507 Release Date: 05/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Samuel Sebastian Wesley,  Maurice Greene,  William Boyce  ... 
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir
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    New Fashions Of London Circa 1500 / Redbyrd
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3487 Release Date: 05/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Cobbold,  William Byrd,  Anthony Holborne,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Hille Perl,  Sarah Cunningham,  Dirk Freymuth,  Erin Headley  ... 
    Conductor:  Nancy Hadden
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Red Byrd,  Ensemble Circa 1500
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    Music From The Chirk Castle Part-Books / Rice, Brabant Ensemble
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67695 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Mundy,  William Byrd,  Robert Parsons,  Edmund Hooper  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Rice
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brabant Ensemble
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    Tudor Church Music Vol 1 / Phillips, Tallis Scholars
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 209 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  William Cornysh,  John Taverner,  John Browne,  Christopher Tye
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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    Four Gentlemen Of The Chapel Royal - Tallis, Tye, Byrd, Tompkins
    Label: Deux-elles   Catalog: 1129 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Tomkins,  Christopher Tye,  William Byrd,  Thomas Tallis
    Performer:  Clare Wilkinson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rose Consort of Viols
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    Mary And Elizabeth At Westminster Abbey / James O'Donnell, Westminster Cathedral Choir
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67704 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christopher Tye,  William Mundy,  Thomas Tallis,  John Sheppard  ... 
    Conductor:  James O'Donnell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
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    Tallis: Audivi Vocem;  Tye, Sheppard, Etc / Hilliard Ensemble
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001127402 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christopher Tye,  John Sheppard,  Thomas Tallis
    Performer:  Robert [Bass Voice] MacDonald,  Rogers Covey-Crump,  Steven Harrold,  Gordon Jones  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
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  • 23.
    Treasures Of Tudor England / The Sixteen
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16056 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christopher Tye,  Robert White,  Robert Parsons
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
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    Francisco Javier - The Route Of The Orient / Savall, Et Al
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9856 Release Date: 01/08/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anonymous,  John Lloyd,  Traditional,  Cristóbal de Morales  ... 
    Performer:  Sergi Casademunt,  Fahmi Alqhai,  Jordi Savall,  Hiroyuki Koinuma  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall,  Lahoucine Baquir
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespčrion XXI,  La Capella Reial de Catalunya
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    Tye - Choir Of New College, Oxford
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3405 Release Date: 01/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christopher Tye
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir
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