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Audivi vocem de caelo

composer
4vv
author of text
Matthew 25: 4-6; Respond at Matins on All Saints' Day

 
The music of John Sheppard represents a last glorious flowering of the pre-Reformation spirit in England, akin to Perpendicular architecture. The soaring lines of his polyphony reach heavenward like a spire, his choral textures seem filled with light like an East Anglian church interior. All too little is known of this extraordinary composer. He was choirmaster at Magdalen College, Oxford, from 1543 to 1548 and a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal from about this time until his death. Most of his surviving music is for the Latin rite, some of it dating from the brief and unhappy period of Catholic revival during the reign of Mary Tudor in the 1550s. Audivi vocem, a respond for All Saints’ Day, is typical of much English church music of this time in consisting of alternating sections of Gregorian chant and polyphony.

from notes by Collegium Records 2000

Recordings

Blessed spirit
COLCD127Download only
Sheppard: Church Music, Vol. 3
CDA66570Archive Service; also available on CDS44401/10
The Sixteen & The Golden Age of Polyphony
CDS44401/1010CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Details

Track 6 on CDA66570 [4'05] Archive Service; also available on CDS44401/10
Track 13 on CDS44401/10 CD8 [4'05] 10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 17 on COLCD127 [4'00] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA66570 track 6

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-92-57006
Duration
4'05
Recording date
11 September 1991
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Sheppard: Church Music, Vol. 3 (CDA66570)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: May 1992
    Deletion date: March 1997
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44401/10
  2. The Sixteen & The Golden Age of Polyphony (CDS44401/10)
    Disc 8 Track 13
    Release date: November 2009
    10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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