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Libera nos, salva nos I

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6th Psalm Antiphon at Matins on Trinity Sunday

 
Sheppard’s first setting of Libera nos, salva nos takes as its text the sixth antiphon at Matins on Trinity Sunday. Its liturgical position was thus about half way through the chief morning Office, as celebrated in its festal form with three nocturns. The text, a petition to the Holy Trinity for freedom, redemption and absolution, is sufficiently general to allow the possibility that Sheppard’s setting was used at other Offices, in the place where votive antiphons had once been sung (and where in Anglican Offices the choir sings the anthem); it is likely that the piece was composed during Sheppard’s time at Magdalen College, Oxford, among whose statutes is the ordinance that this very text be recited twice a day. Unusually, and unlike Sheppard’s Office hymns and responds, the chant cantus firmus is placed in the lowest voice. The rate of harmonic change is consequently very slow; this, and the mode’s tonal stability, accounts for the serenity with which the music unfolds.

from notes by Robert Quinney © 2008

Recordings

Mary and Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey
CDA67704
Naked Byrd
SIGCD180Download only
Sheppard: Church Music, Vol. 1
CDA66259Archive Service; also available on CDS44401/10
The English Anthem, Vol. 8
CDA67483
The Sixteen & The Golden Age of Polyphony
CDS44401/1010CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 1
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP12Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Details

Track 11 on CDA66259 [2'56] Archive Service; also available on CDS44401/10
Track 5 on CDA67483 [2'43]
Track 4 on CDA67704 [3'19]
Track 11 on CDS44401/10 CD8 [2'56] 10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 5 on SIGCD180 [3'55] Download only
Track 7 on HYP12 [2'56] Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Track-specific metadata for CDA67704 track 4

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-08-70404
Duration
3'19
Recording date
20 June 2008
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jeremy Summerly
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
Hyperion usage
  1. Mary and Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey (CDA67704)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: October 2008
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