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The Coronation of the Virgin by Fra Giovanni da Fiesole (d1455)
Track(s) taken from CDA66850
Recording details: June 1995
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Release date: February 1996
Total duration: 2 minutes 42 seconds

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Haec dies
composer
6vv; Cantiones Sacrae 1591 xxxii
author of text
Psalm 117 (118):24

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The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Haec dies (Psalm 117: 24) is a riot of energy and with its use of triple metre and close imitation it belongs more to the world of the madrigal than the motet. This text is most often used at Easter and the setting which Byrd has produced is perfect for this season. It was also widely believed that these were the final words of the Jesuit Father Edmund Campion who was tortured and executed having arrived from the Continent to minister to the Catholic community in England. Byrd’s setting for six voices could stand in direct opposition to his other Campion-inspired piece, Deus venerunt gentes (1589), and represent Campion’s arrival in heaven rather than his painful departure from earth.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2010


Other albums featuring this work
'Byrd: Infelix ego & other sacred music' (CDA67779)
Byrd: Infelix ego & other sacred music
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