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Veni, Sancte Spiritus

Gradualia, 1607
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The text of this mellifluously fervent motet from the 1607 Gradualia is the so-called ‘Golden Sequence’, proper to Pentecost, a prayer for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Facing the challenge of a longer-than-usual text, Byrd skilfully contrives to set the words concisely and without repetition, yet without the slightest sense of haste or lack of overall coherence. The opening invocation ‘Veni’ is as simple and effective as can be imagined.

from notes by John Rutter © 1989


Byrd: Ave verum corpus & other sacred music
CSCD507Download only


Track 12 on CSCD507 [5'45] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CSCD507 track 12

Recording date
1 April 1989
Recording venue
Great Hall, University College School, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jillian White
Recording engineer
Campbell Hughes
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  1. Byrd: Ave verum corpus & other sacred music (CSCD507)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: October 2002
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