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Kyrie eleison
4vv; Gradualia 1605 II:xvi; chant derived from Byrd's setting after comparison with Antiphonale ad Usum Sarisb. Ecclesiae, & Processionale ritibus Romanae Ecclesiae (Antwerp, 1602 & 1629)
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Litany of the Saints

'Byrd: Hodie Simon Petrus & other sacred music' (CDA67653)
Byrd: Hodie Simon Petrus & other sacred music
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The Laetania (Litany) in honour of all the saints is beautiful yet entirely functional music, a world away from the high art form of the other Gradualia pieces. Yet at the words of the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) Byrd cannot resist writing music with a more impassioned nature. Not surprising from a man for whom texts, their context and subtext, were clearly everything.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2009

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