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Domine, salva nos

6vv; Cantiones Sacrae 1591 xxxi
author of text
Magnificat Antiphon at Vespers on the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Domine, salva nos, a prayer for help and for the coming of peace, draws its text from the story of Christ rebuking the storm at sea (Matthew 8: 25–26). Byrd uses a downward scale for the word ‘perimus’ (‘we perish’) as the disciples can be seen sinking below the waves before a beautifully serene phrase for ‘tranquillitatem’ and the use of an unprepared dominant seventh to make the final cadence even more poignant.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2010

Domine, salva nos, prière pour le secours et l’avènement de la paix, raconte comment le Christ repoussa une tempête en mer (Matthieu 8: 25–26). Byrd utilise une gamme descendante au mot «perimus» («nous périssons»), au moment où les disciples sombrent dans les vagues, puis une phrase merveillesement sereine à «tranquillitatem» et une septième de dominante non préparée pour rendre la cadence finale plus poignante encore.

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Carwood © 2010
Français: Hypérion

Es wird hier um Hilfe und Frieden gebeten und der Text stammt aus der Geschichte, in der Christus auf dem Meer den Sturm stillt (Matthäus 8, 25–26). Bei dem Wort „perimus“ („wir verderben“), wenn man die Jünger quasi untergehen sieht, setzt Byrd eine abwärtsgerichtete Tonleiter ein, bevor eine wunderschön heitere Phrase bei „tranquillitatem“ erklingt und ein unvorbereiteter Dominantseptakkord die Schlusskadenz noch ergreifender macht.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Carwood © 2010
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel


Byrd: Infelix ego & other sacred music
Studio Master: CDA67779Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 4 on CDA67779 [3'15]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67779 track 4

Recording date
29 April 2009
Recording venue
Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Recording engineer
Martin Haskell & Iestyn Rees
Hyperion usage
  1. Byrd: Infelix ego & other sacred music (CDA67779)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: February 2010
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