Born: Circa 1505, probably in East Anglia, England.
Died: 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. His music includes motets, magnificats, masses, anthems, and assorted works for worship services.
In 1560, Tye became a deacon, then priest, and served at Doddington-cum-Marche, Isle of Ely.
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
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