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Oculi omnium

4vv; Gradualia, 1605
author of text
Gradual for the Feast of Corpus Christi

The Gradual Oculi omnium is a reposed petition for the blood and flesh of Christ, which is anticipated in the beautiful three-part verse ‘Aperis tu manum tuam’ with the appended Alleluia ‘Caro mea’, and finally resolved when the four-part texture resumes with vigour at the words ‘qui manducat meam carnem’. In English music of this period it is unusual to find such direct expression of the dramatic implications of the text.

from notes by David Skinner © 1996

Le Graduel Oculi omnium est une calme imploration pour le corps et le sang du Christ, annoncée par le magnifique verset en trois parties «Aperis tu manum tuam», accompagnée de l’Alléluia «Caro mea» et qui trouve finalement sa résolution à la reprise vigoureuse de la texture en quatre parties, sur les mots de «qui manducat meam carnem». Les musiques anglaises de l’époque n’ont pas l’habitude d’exprimer aussi explicitement la portée dramatique du texte.

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

Das Graduale Oculi omnium ist eine gelassene Petition um das Blut und Fleisch Christi, die in der wunderschönen, dreistimmigen Strophe „Aperis tu manum tuam“ mit dem hinzugefügten Halleluja „Caro mea“ angedeutet wird und sich schließlich in der leidenschaftlichen Wiederaufnahme der vierstimmigen Struktur bei den Worten „qui manducat meam carnem“ auflöst. In der englischen Musik aus dieser Periode ist solch ein direkter Ausdruck dramatischer Textbedeutungen recht ungewöhnlich.

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


Byrd: Mass for five voices


Track 5 on CDH55348 [4'50]

Track-specific metadata for CDH55348 track 5

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 5
    Release date: June 1996
    Deletion date: December 2007
    Superseded by CDH55348
  2. Byrd: Mass for five voices (CDH55348)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: April 2012
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