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Solemnis urgebat dies

First line:
Iam Christus astra ascenderat
6vv SATTBarB; Christ Church, Oxford, MSS 979-983, The 'Baldwin' Partbooks; tenor part reconstructed by Francis Steele
author of text
Office Hymn at Matins on the Feast of Pentecost

Solemnis urgebat dies (‘Iam Christus astra ascenderat’) is the Office Hymn at Matins on the Feast of Pentecost. It is similar to settings by Sheppard and Tallis where plainsong alternates with polyphony, the stanza structure is rigorously preserved, all movement is virtually syllabic and the plainsong cantus firmus is quoted exactly in the upper voice.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2011

Solemnis urgebat dies («Iam Christus astra ascenderat»), l’Hymne des matines de la Pentecôte, ressemble aux versions qu’en donnèrent Sheppard et Tallis: le plain-chant alterne avec la polyphonie, la structure de la stance est scrupuleusement préservée, tout le mouvement est pratiquement syllabique et le cantus firmus en plain-chant est cité avec exactitude à la voix supérieure.

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Carwood © 2011
Français: Hypérion

Solemnis urgebat dies („Iam Christus astra ascenderat“) ist der Offiziumshymnus des Matutingottesdienstes zu Pfingsten. Das Stück ähnelt den Vertonungen von Sheppard und Tallis, wo Cantus planus und Polyphonie sich miteinander abwechseln, die strophische Anlage rigoros beibehalten ist, praktisch alle Bewegung syllabisch ist und der gregorianische Cantus firmus in der Oberstimme exakt wiedergegeben wird.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Carwood © 2011
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel


Parsons: Sacred Music
Studio Master: CDA67874Archive ServiceStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 6 on CDA67874 [5'39] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA67874 track 6

Recording date
17 November 2010
Recording venue
Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Recording engineer
Martin Haskell
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  1. Parsons: Sacred Music (CDA67874)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: October 2011
    Deletion date: June 2019
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