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O quam suavis

Gradualia, 1607
author of text

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

Track-specific metadata for CSCD502 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
Hyperion usage
  1. Stillness and Sweet Harmony (CSCD502)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: November 1996
    Download only
  2. Byrd: Ave verum corpus & other sacred music (CSCD507)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: October 2002
    Download only
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