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Puer natus est nobis

author of text
Isaiah 9: 6, Psalm 97: 1; Introit at Third Mass on Christmas Day

The Mass of Christmas Day opens with the introit Puer natus est nobis. Byrd’s two books of Gradualia, published in 1605 and 1607, provide the proper liturgical music for the principal feasts of the Catholic Church’s year. The chant, dating from the tenth century, begins with a rising fifth, which Byrd echoes in the opening motif of his polyphonic setting. The music exemplifies Byrd’s most mature style, effortlessly combining concentrated counterpoint with rhythmic intricacy and virtuosic vocal writing.

from notes by John Heighway © 2019


Christmas at St George's Windsor
Studio Master: CDA68281Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 11 on CDA68281 [4'45]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68281 track 11

Recording date
29 June 2018
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Christmas at St George's Windsor (CDA68281)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: November 2019
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