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Miserere mei, Deus
5vv; Cantiones Sacrae 1591 xx
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Psalm 50 (51): 1

'Byrd: Hodie Simon Petrus & other sacred music' (CDA67653)
Byrd: Hodie Simon Petrus & other sacred music
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'Libera nos - The cry of the oppressed' (SIGCD338)
Libera nos - The cry of the oppressed
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Miserere mei, Deus
Thanks to the efforts of editors in the twentieth century some of Byrd’s works have become well established gems of the repertory. One such is the five-part Miserere mei, Deus. A clear homophonic opening asking for mercy moves quickly into beautiful imitation. The text contains several words which seem to elicit particularly powerful melodies from Byrd, especially ‘iniquitatem’ (‘wrong-doing’) and ‘misericordiam’ (‘mercy’); indeed the melody of this latter word was one that he was to take forward and use in the monumental Infelix ego.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2009

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