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Omnes gentes, plaudite manibus

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Psalm 46 (47)

Like Sheppard, Christopher Tye’s career straddles the reigns of Henry, Edward, and Mary; and he survived until the early 1570s, spending most of the final, Elizabethan portion of his life as a priest in the Diocese of Ely. His psalm motet Omnes gentes, plaudite manibus may be either Henrician or Marian, though its concision and tightly wound rhythmic drive, and the fact that it remains in duple metre throughout, perhaps suggest the latter reign. The voices—especially the treble and contratenor—maintain a high tessitura throughout; this produces a brilliant sound entirely appropriate to the text, which was associated with the Feast of the Ascension in both Catholic and reformed liturgies.

from notes by Robert Quinney © 2008


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Track 11 on CDA66850 [4'36]
Track 1 on CDA67704 [4'15]
Track 12 on CDH55079 [4'14]
Track 3 on WCC100 [4'36] Super-budget price sampler

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