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Verbum caro factum est

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Ninth Respond at Matins and Processional Respond at Mass on Christmas Day

Sheppard’s Verbum caro is an exultant setting of the famous account of the Incarnation from the beginning of St John’s Gospel, and would have been sung at Matins on Christmas Day. Counteracting the duple metre maintained by the chant, Sheppard sets up triple rhythms in the free voices to achieve ‘natural’ declamation of such phrases as ‘cuius gloriam’, ‘quasi unigeniti’, and ‘plenum gratiae’. Sheppard was a colleague of Tallis’s in Queen Mary’s Chapel Royal, and had previously served as Informator choristarum at Magdalen College, Oxford.

from notes by Owen Rees © 2016


Sheppard: Church Music, Vol. 1
CDA66259Archive Service; also available on CDS44401/10
Sheppard: Media vita
The Sixteen & The Golden Age of English Polyphony
CDS44401/10Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only
The Tallis Scholars sing Tudor Church Music, Vol. 2
CDGIM2102CDs for the price of 1
Virgin and Child
Studio Master: SIGCD474Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 8 on CDGIM016 [6'55]
Track 8 on CDGIM210 CD1 [6'55] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 1 on CDA66259 [6'45] Archive Service; also available on CDS44401/10
Track 6 on CDS44401/10 CD7 [6'45] Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only
Track 8 on SIGCD474 [7'24] Download only

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