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In manus tuas, Domine

4vv; Gradualia 1605 II:xv
author of text

Like Visita, quaesumus Domine, this extraordinarily tender and graceful little motet was first published in the 1605 Gradualia. Its seraphic mood and transparency of texture are not dissimilar, despite the inclusion of basses in In manus tuas. In the final pages, Byrd adds a heart-melting setting of the Marian prayer ‘Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis’, setting the seal on the close-of-day atmosphere of the piece.

from notes by Collegium Records © 2006


Byrd: Laudibus in sanctis & other sacred music
CDA6756820% off The Cardinall's Musick
Lighten our Darkness
COLCD131Download only


Track 12 on CDA67568 [2'14] 20% off The Cardinall's Musick
Track 17 on COLCD131 CD1 [3'25] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA67568 track 12

Recording date
12 May 2006
Recording venue
Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Recording engineer
Martin Haskell & Iestyn Rees
Hyperion usage
  1. Byrd: Laudibus in sanctis & other sacred music (CDA67568)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: November 2006
    20% off The Cardinall's Musick
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