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Apart from the surviving Voluntaries for Double Organ where it is fairly obvious where manual changes are called for, it is difficult to say how much sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English organ music was played on two manuals. One of Thomas Tallis's organ versets from The Mulliner Book of c. 1560 -- which has the plainsong melody in the right hand and an accompaniment in sixteenth notes in the left hand -- looks to me like a good candidate for having been intended for two manuals. I have accordingly edited it to suggest how it can be played on a two manual instrument. I have also transposed it down a fifth to bring it to the original 10 ft. organ pitch that was in use in the time of Tallis.
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Thomas Tallis (circa 1505-1585)
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