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Venite, exsultemus Domino
composer
6vv; Gradualia 1607 xlvi
author of text
Psalm 94 (95): 1-2

Recordings
'Byrd: Infelix ego & other sacred music' (CDA67779)
Byrd: Infelix ego & other sacred music
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Venite, exsultemus Domino
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There are some miscellaneous pieces in the Gradualia collections. It is possible that these were to be used during recusant services but it is perhaps more likely that they belong in the realm of spiritual entertainments for the home. Venite, exsultemus Domino and Laudate Dominum (both published in 1607) are settings of Psalm 94: 1–2 and the whole of Psalm 116 respectively. Byrd has not provided settings of the doxology to either piece but has added an affirmatory Alleluia and Amen to Venite, exsultemus Domino. Both pieces show Byrd flexing his considerable musical and intellectual muscle. Instrumental in concept, they rely on close imitation and vocal dexterity, indeed the writing in Venite, exsultemus is sometimes more reminiscent of the development section of a Classical symphony, with melodic cells thrown from one voice to another as the drama of the piece develops.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2010

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67779 track 1
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-10-77901
Duration
3'07
Recording date
29 April 2009
Recording venue
Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Recording engineer
Martin Haskell & Iestyn Rees
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  1. Byrd: Infelix ego & other sacred music (CDA67779)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: February 2010
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