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Ne perdas cum impiis

composer
tenor part reconstructed by Owen Rees
author of text
Responsory on Passion Sunday, derived mainly from Psalms 25: 9 & 139: 2

 
In the early 1570s William Byrd, whose output is (after Sheppard’s) the most richly represented in Baldwin’s manuscript, took up the place in Elizabeth’s Chapel Royal which had been occupied by Robert Parsons until his death, and he was thus a colleague of Baldwin’s in that choir. The first group of works by Byrd in the Baldwin Partbooks includes Peccavi super numerum and Ne perdas cum impiis which Byrd never published. Ne perdas is either an early piece or a deliberately archaic one: although taken mainly from Psalms 25 and 139, the text is a liturgical item (a Responsory for Passion Sunday), an element of the rituals swept away in Elizabeth’s reign. Byrd maintains the English tradition of setting such items by laying out the plainchant as a cantus firmus in semibreves: here the chant is hidden from the listener in the outer sections of the piece by being placed in a lower voice, but surfaces in the topmost voice for the verse (the middle section).

from notes by Owen Rees © 2020

Recordings

The Sweetest Songs
Studio Master: SIGCD633Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 9 on SIGCD633 [4'52] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD633 track 9

Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-21-63309
Duration
4'52
Recording date
21 April 2016
Recording venue
The Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Hyperion sampler - February 2021 Vol. 2 (HYP202102B)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: February 2021
    Download-only sampler
  2. The Sweetest Songs (SIGCD633)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: February 2021
    Download only
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