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Miserere mihi Domine

published in Cantiones, quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur, 1575
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The brief Miserere mihi Domine by William Byrd (c1540-1623) is a double canon on a chant fragment which proceeds almost entirely by step. This creates contrapuntal difficulties which Byrd overcomes with supreme skill—so effortlessly that one is unaware of the technical mastery. The soprano sings only a portion of the chant, whereas the bass has the complete melody. The work was published in the Cantiones, quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur of 1575, three years after Byrd was appointed Gentleman of the Chapel Royal.

from notes by Phillip Borg-Wheeler © 2016


The Evening Hour
Studio Master: SIGCD446Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 5 on SIGCD446 [2'49] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD446 track 5

Recording date
2 July 2015
Recording venue
Chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Nicholas Parker
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
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  1. The Evening Hour (SIGCD446)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: February 2016
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