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O quam suavis

Gradualia, 1607
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The text of this eucharistic motet from the 1607 Gradualia is curious, beginning as it does with mystical contemplation of the Sacrament but moving on to echo a verse from the Magnificat (to which it serves as an antiphon), and ending somewhat vindictively with the rich being sent empty away. Byrd encompasses the changes of subject and mood in a seamlessly unified setting remarkable for the chromatic harmonies with which it opens.

from notes by John Rutter © 1989


Byrd: Ave verum corpus & other sacred music
CSCD507Download only
Stillness and Sweet Harmony
CSCD502Download only


Track 12 on CSCD502 [4'48] Download only
Track 17 on CSCD507 [4'48] Download only

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