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In manus tuas, Domine

4vv; Gradualia 1605 II:xv
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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


Track 12 on CDA67568 [2'14]
Track 17 on COLCD131 CD1 [3'25] Download only

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