Circa 1505–1573

Circa 1505, probably in East Anglia, Eng­land.

March 1573, Dod­ding­ton, Isle of Ely, Cam­bridge­shire, Eng­land

Tye earned a Bachelor of Music degree at Cam­bridge Un­i­ver­si­ty in 1536.

He worked as a clerk at King’s College there from around 1537–38. In 1543, he was appointed choir­master at Ely Ca­thed­ral, where his friend Ri­chard Cox was archdeacon. Tye went on to get his doctorate of music at Cambridge in 1545, and received the same degree from Oxford Un­i­ver­si­ty in 1548.

His music was popular at the Chapel Royal in the late 1540’s. In 1560, Tye became a deacon, then priest, and served at Dod­ding­ton-cum-Marche, Isle of Ely. His music includes motets, mag­ni­fi­cats, masses, anthems, and assorted works for worship services.

Dr. Tye was a peev­ish and hu­mor­some man, especially in his later days, and sometimes playing on the organ in the Chapel of Queen Elizabeth, which contained much music, but little to delight the ear, she would send the ver­ger to tell him that he played out of tune, whereupon he sent word that her ears were out of tune.

Quoted in Lightwood, p. 40

  1. Gethsemane
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