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Libera nos, salva nos I

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Sixth Antiphon at Matins on Trinity Sunday

Sheppard’s first setting of Libera nos, salva nos takes as its text the sixth antiphon at Matins on Trinity Sunday. Its liturgical position was thus about half way through the chief morning Office, as celebrated in its festal form with three nocturns. The text, a petition to the Holy Trinity for freedom, redemption and absolution, is sufficiently general to allow the possibility that Sheppard’s setting was used at other Offices, in the place where votive antiphons had once been sung (and where in Anglican Offices the choir sings the anthem); it is likely that the piece was composed during Sheppard’s time at Magdalen College, Oxford, among whose statutes is the ordinance that this very text be recited twice a day. Unusually, and unlike Sheppard’s Office hymns and responds, the chant cantus firmus is placed in the lowest voice. The rate of harmonic change is consequently very slow; this, and the mode’s tonal stability, accounts for the serenity with which the music unfolds.

from notes by Robert Quinney © 2008


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Track 11 on CDA66259 [2'56] Archive Service; also available on CDS44401/10
Track 5 on CDA67483 [2'43]
Track 4 on CDA67704 [3'19] Last few CD copies remaining
Track 6 on CDA68256 [3'59]
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Track 2 on COLCD131 CD1 [3'49] Download only
Track 5 on SIGCD180 [3'55] Download only
Track 16 on SIGCD409 [3'21] Download only
Track 17 on SIGCD464 [3'04] Download only
Track 7 on HYP12 [2'56] Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Track-specific metadata for CDA67483 track 5

Recording date
16 March 2004
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. The English Anthem, Vol. 8 (CDA67483)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: January 2005
  2. The St Paul's Cathedral Choir Playlist (CDPL0108)
    Disc 1 Track 29
    Release date: September 2017
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