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Christe, qui lux es et dies

First line:
O Christ who art the light and day
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5vv
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On the face of it, this rather uncharacteristic Byrd hymn setting (sung here in a fine translation by R. R. Terry, the first organist of Westminster Cathedral) might appear to be a compositional exercise: written in a plain note-against-note style, the Gregorian hymn melody, after being stated alone, works its way up, verse by verse, from the bottom voice to the top. What transforms it into something more is the beauty of the melody itself and the often subtly unexpected harmonies with which Byrd clothes it.

from notes by Collegium Records © 2006

Recordings

In illo tempore
Studio Master: 1EMIITStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Lighten our Darkness
COLCD131Download only

Details

Track 5 on 1EMIIT [4'13]
Track 8 on COLCD131 CD1 [4'25] Download only

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