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O salutaris hostia a 4

4vv; Gradualia, 1605
author of text
Hymn to the Blessed Sacrament, Corpus Christi

The Hymn O salutaris hostia is thought to be an early work. Here Byrd fully exploits his technical mastery of interlocking imitative phrases; the polyphony gradually intensifies and with the words ‘bella premunt’ climaxes with trumpet-like entries.

from notes by David Skinner © 1996

L’hymne intitulé O salutaris hostia passe pour une œuvre plus ancienne. Dans cet exemple, et de la manière la plus totale, Byrd exploite sa maîtrise technique sous forme d’entrelacement de phrases imitatives; la polyphonie augmente petit à petit et, sur les mots «bella premunt» explose dans une série d’entrées qui retentissent comme un concert de trompettes.

extrait des notes rédigées par David Skinner © 1996
Français: Alexandre Blanchard

Von der Hymne O salutaris hostia wird angenommen, daß sie eines seiner frühen Werke ist. Hier verflicht Byrd in technischer Meisterschaft und besonders detalliert imitative Phrasen; die Polyphonie wird nach und nach intensiviert und erreicht bei den Worten „bella premunt“ mit trompetenähnlichen Einsätzen ihren Höhepunkt.

aus dem Begleittext von David Skinner © 1996
Deutsch: Ute Mansfeldt


Byrd: Mass for five voices


Track 17 on CDH55348 [3'41]

Track-specific metadata for CDH55348 track 17

Recording date
16 November 1995
Recording venue
Winchester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Byrd: Mass for five voices (CDA66837)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: June 1996
    Deletion date: December 2007
    Superseded by CDH55348
  2. Byrd: Mass for five voices (CDH55348)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: April 2012
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