Cantiones Sacrae I (William Byrd)

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General Information

Publication date and place: 1589 Thomas East, London

Composer: William Byrd

A collection of Latin motets published by Byrd in 1589 and printed in London by Thomas East. Although mainly non-liturgical and intended as vocal "chamber music", many of these pieces would have carried a covert message to England's oppressed Roman Catholic community; notable are the frequent references to Jerusalem lying desolate and the pleas to God to remember his people. Indeed, Deus venerunt gentes, with its reference to the pouring-out of the blood of God's servants, is thought to have been written in specific response to the execution of St Edmund Campion in 1581.

The Cantiones Sacrae were dedicated to Edward Somerset, Earl of Worcester.

The collection consists of 16 separate pieces, the subsections of which are numbered separately in the index.

List of works

Works at CPDL

Title Year No. Genre Subgenre Vo. Voices
Aspice Domine de sede - Respice Domine 1589 18-19 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Defecit in dolore - Sed tu Domine 1589 1-2 Sacred Motets 5 AATTB
Deus venerunt gentes - Posuerunt morticinia - Effuderunt sanguinem - Facti sumus opprobrium 1580 11-14 Sacred Motets 5 ATTBB
Domine praestolamur - Veni Domine noli tardare 1580 3-4 Sacred Motets 5 ATTBB
Domine secundum multitudinem 1589 27 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Domine tu jurasti 1580 15 Sacred Motets 5 SAATB
In resurrectione tua 1580 17 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB,SATBB
Laetentur coeli - Orietur in diebus 1580 28-29 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB,SATBB
Memento Domine 1589 8 Sacred Motets 5 ATTBB
Ne irascaris Domine - Civitas sancti tui 1580 20-21 Sacred Motets 5 ATTBB
O Domine adjuva me 1580 5 Sacred Motets 5 ATTBB
O quam gloriosum est regnum - Benedictio et claritas 1580 22-23 Sacred Motets 5 SSATB
Tribulationes civitatum - Timor et hebetudo - Nos enim pro peccatis 1580 24-26 Sacred Motets 5 ATTBB, SATTB
Tristitia et anxietas - Sed tu Domine 1580 6-7 Sacred Motets 5 ATTBB
Vide Domine afflictionem - Sed veni Domine 1589 9-10 Sacred Motets 5 ATTBB
Vigilate 1589 16 Sacred Motets 5 ATTBB