Beata viscera (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2018-09-22)   CPDL #51355:   
Editor: Chris Pilgrim (submitted 2018-09-22).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 54 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Down a third from original pitch for Men's Voices performance. AATBB.
  • CPDL #22491:    (Sibelius 6)
Editor: Lewis Jones (submitted 2010-10-28).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 37 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Down a perfect fourth according to chiavette
  • CPDL #04336:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2002-12-09).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 109 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised 10/08. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #02185:  Network.png
Editor: Abel Di Marco (submitted 2001-03-18).   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Beata viscera
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB or ATTBarB
Genre: SacredMotetCommunion for Nativity of the BVM

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1605 in Gradualia I, no. 11

Description: Communion motet for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and also for Votive Mass for the Blessed Virgin from Christmas to Advent. Could also be used as the first part of the 7th Responsory at Matins of the Nativity.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Beata viscera.