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Composer Christopher Tye

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c. 1505 - c. 1572

Christopher Tye was an English composer and organist who studied at Cambridge University and in 1545 became a Doctor of Music both there and at Oxford. He was choirmaster of Ely Cathedral from about 1543 and also organist there from 1559. The title page to Tye's Actes of the Apostles (London 1553) describes him as one of the Gentlemen of his grace's most honourable chapel, and he may have been music teacher to King Edward VI who reportedly quoted his father Henry VIII, as saying "England hath one God, one truth, one doctor hath for music's art, and that is Doctor Tye, admired for skill in music's harmony.  "

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