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Oculi omnium
4vv; Gradualia, 1605
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Gradual for the Feast of Corpus Christi

'Byrd: Mass for five voices' (CDH55348)
Byrd: Mass for five voices
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Oculi omnium
The Gradual Oculi omnium is a reposed petition for the blood and flesh of Christ, which is anticipated in the beautiful three-part verse ‘Aperis tu manum tuam’ with the appended Alleluia ‘Caro mea’, and finally resolved when the four-part texture resumes with vigour at the words ‘qui manducat meam carnem’. In English music of this period it is unusual to find such direct expression of the dramatic implications of the text.

from notes by David Skinner © 1996

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