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O magnum misterium

Gradualia, 1607
author of text
Responsories at Matins, Christmas Day

Byrd’s setting of this much-loved text was published in the 1607 Gradualia. Beata Virgo, although shown as a separate motet, was intended to follow it immediately in the liturgy. Awe and wonder are fittingly conveyed in music of great simplicity and tenderness.

from notes by John Rutter © 1989


Byrd: Ave verum corpus & other sacred music
CSCD507Download only


Track 15 on CSCD507 [5'42] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CSCD507 track 15

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 15
    Release date: October 2002
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