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Haec dies

author of text
Psalm 117 (118): 24; Gradual at Mass on Easter Day

A pupil of William Byrd, Thomas Morley held posts at the cathedrals of Norwich and St Paul’s before becoming a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal in 1592. After his master had left London for rural Essex, Morley was granted the monopoly on music printing in England, and soon published numerous volumes of madrigals and canzonets. The influence of the madrigal can clearly be felt in the composer’s Haec dies, whose lively imitative and scalic writing treats the sacred text with the secular playfulness also evident in Byrd’s setting of the same text. Morley’s piece begins homophonically, before breaking down into a musical game of tag, with the lowest voice running to catch up with the upper voice. This game is taken even further in the ‘Alleluia’, where the parts constantly fluctuate between declaiming the text together and imitating one another while following close on each other’s heels.

from notes by Owain Park © 2018


English Motets
Studio Master: CDA68256Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 10 on CDA68256 [1'59]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68256 track 10

Recording date
29 March 2017
Recording venue
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. English Motets (CDA68256)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: April 2018
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