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Christus resurgens

composer
Gradualia, 1605
author of text

 
Motets of this type, where one of the voice parts (in this case the tenor) consists of a plainchant cantus firmus in slow notes, passed out of favour after the Reformation, not least because plainchant was itself jettisoned by the reformers. Byrd wrote about a dozen specimens of this essentially archaic form, mostly in his early years; Christus resurgens was published in the 1605 Gradualia, but may well have been written much earlier. If so, Byrd had good reason to remember it and want to see it in print: it has an atmosphere unlike any other of his pieces—defiant, powerful, gritty, bespeaking the struggle and victory of the Resurrection.

from notes by John Rutter © 1989

Recordings

Byrd: Ave verum corpus & other sacred music
CSCD507Download only

Details

Track 13 on CSCD507 [4'10] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CSCD507 track 13

Artists
ISRC
GB-AKR-89-11013
Duration
4'10
Recording date
1 April 1989
Recording venue
Great Hall, University College School, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jillian White
Recording engineer
Campbell Hughes
Hyperion usage
  1. Byrd: Ave verum corpus & other sacred music (CSCD507)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: October 2002
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