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O Wilhelme, pastor bone
composer
author of text
Antiphons to St William

Recordings
'Taverner: Missa Sancti Wilhelmi & other sacred music' (CDH55055)
Taverner: Missa Sancti Wilhelmi & other sacred music
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55055  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)   Download currently discounted
'The Sixteen & The Golden Age of Polyphony' (CDS44401/10)
The Sixteen & The Golden Age of Polyphony
Buy by post £38.50 CDS44401/10  10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
Details
Track 1 on CDH55055 [3'46] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 6 on CDS44401/10 CD6 [3'46] 10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

O Wilhelme, pastor bone
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O Wilhelme, pastor bone is one of Taverner’s more forward-looking and immediately attractive compositions, written in an uncomplicated note-against-note style, with largely syllabic text setting and systematic alternation of choral groupings. There are only two surviving sources, dating from the 1540s and the 1580s, both of which give the first line as ‘Christe Jesu, pastor bone’. Nevertheless, it is now thought that the text was originally addressed to St William, twelfth-century Archbishop of York, and that the second verse included a prayer for Cardinal Wolsey. The statutes of Cardinal College required that antiphons to St Mary, the Holy Trinity, and St William be sung daily after Compline. Wolsey was Archbishop of York, and the tercentenary of his predecessor’s canonisation fell a few months after Taverner’s appointment to the College, so that it is quite likely that a special setting of St William’s antiphon should be written for celebrations of that event. It would have been a simple matter, after the re-founding of the College, to adapt the text so that it became a Jesus antiphon with a prayer for the king in the second verse; in the 1580s it was altered once again into a prayer for Queen Elizabeth.

from notes by John Heighway © 2000

Track-specific metadata
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Details for CDA66427 track 1
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-91-42701
Duration
3'46
Recording date
21 April 1990
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Taverner: Missa Sancti Wilhelmi & other sacred music (CDA66427)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: April 1991
    Deletion date: May 2000
    Superseded by CDH55055
  2. Taverner: Missa Sancti Wilhelmi & other sacred music (CDH55055)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: May 2000
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
  3. The Sixteen & The Golden Age of Polyphony (CDS44401/10)
    Disc 6 Track 6
    Release date: November 2009
    10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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