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Laudibus in sanctis

5vv; Cantiones Sacrae 1591 i–ii
author of text
Psalm 150, paraphrased

This joyful and quite extended setting of an anonymous poetic paraphrase of Psalm 150 opens the 1591 Cantiones Sacrae. It is interesting that Byrd wrote very few madrigals but was willing, here and elsewhere in his sacred works, to adopt madrigal techniques—word-painting, dance rhythms and clear sectional construction—if he so chose. Laudibus in sanctis is one of the most madrigalian of Byrd’s motets, a feature that in 1591 would have seemed novel and even revolutionary. An interpretative conundrum presents itself in the ‘laeta chorea pede’ section: Brown (in The Byrd Edition) and Kerman are categorically certain that the dotted minim here is equivalent to the semibreve of the preceding and following sections. There are no manuscript sources for this piece; is it possible that there is a mistake in the only source we have, Byrd’s printed edition? Proportional notation was confusing and sometimes ambiguous even to sixteenth-century musicians.

from notes by John Rutter © 1989


Byrd & Britten: Choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD481Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Byrd: Ave verum corpus & other sacred music
CSCD507Download only
Byrd: Laudibus in sanctis & other sacred music
Byrd: Motets
Studio Master: KGS0024-DDownload onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Studio Master: SDG720Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 16 on CDA67568 [5'44]
Track 9 on CSCD507 [5'20] Download only
Track 5 on SDG720 [4'06] Download only
Track 6 on SIGCD481 [5'02] Download only
Track 14 on KGS0024-D [5'36] Download only

Track-specific metadata for KGS0024-D track 14

Recording date
25 April 2017
Recording venue
King's College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Benjamin Sheen
Recording engineer
Benjamin Sheen
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  1. Byrd: Motets (KGS0024-D)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: March 2018
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