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Emendemus in melius
composer
5vv; Cantiones sacrae, quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur, 1575
author of text
Responsory on Ash Wednesday

Recordings
'Miserere' (CDA67938)
Miserere
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Emendemus in melius
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William Byrd’s five-voice setting of the Ash Wednesday motet Emendemus in melius was published in 1575 in the Cantiones sacrae, a publication issued jointly by Byrd and his supposed teacher Thomas Tallis. The collection includes seventeen motets by Tallis and seventeen by Byrd, and was published to celebrate the completion of the seventeenth year of Elizabeth I’s reign. Emendemus in melius is the fourth motet in the collection, but the first by Byrd (since Tallis, the more senior composer, provided the first three). This pole-position placement is testament to the affection that Byrd himself held for this masterly composition. The astonishingly uplifting part-writing at the words ‘et propter honorem’ honours not only the name of God, but also the monarch who sponsored the publication.

from notes by Jeremy Summerly © 2013

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67938 track 3
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-13-93803
Duration
4'31
Recording date
5 October 2011
Recording venue
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Miserere (CDA67938)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: January 2013
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