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Libera me, Domine
5vv ATTBarB; Oxford Christ Church MSS 979-983, London British Library MS RM 24d.2,f.76v & AddMSS 32377f.66v
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Ninth Respond at Matins, Office for the Dead

'Parsons: Sacred Music' (CDA67874)
Parsons: Sacred Music
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Libera me, Domine
One link between composers of the mid-sixteenth-century is their penchant for producing sets of Lamentations and Responds from the Office of Matins in the Funeral Rite. No Lamentations have survived from Parsons but settings were produced by Tallis, Osbert Parsley, White (two sets), Alfonso Ferrabosco and Byrd. It is interesting to note these names when looking at the three Funeral Responds set by Parsons, as three similar Responds are set both by Alfonso Ferrabosco and William Byrd. Libera me, Domine (9th Respond) is an austere work with the plainsong cantus firmus maintained throughout in the tenor part. It is likely that Parsons’ setting was the model for one by William Byrd published in his 1575 Cantiones Sacrae.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2011

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