Gradualia I (William Byrd)

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The first volume of Byrd’s two-volume compilation of music for the major feasts of the Church’s calendar was published in 1605. The extreme rarity of surviving copies of this first edition is perhaps explained by the events of November of that year, after which simply the possession of a copy of this music could have been construed as a treasonable offence. A second edition was issued in 1610, when the domestic political situation had become more secure for Roman Catholics. Byrd had long since retired from London to the rural surroundings of Stondon Massey, Essex, where the recusant group based around the Petre family at Ingatestone would have been the primary recipients of this music.

Publication date and place: 1605 by Thomas East in London

The first volume of the Gradualia serves the Marian feasts (explicitly the Purification, Annunciation, Assumption and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as well as the Conception, Visitation and Presentation) and the Votive Masses of the BVM throughout the year; All Saints, Corpus Christi and Votive Mass of the Blessed Sacrament. Also included are settings of miscellaneous non-liturgical sacred texts, a group of Marian hymns from the Primer and one of office music for Easter and Holy Week.

Gradualia II covers Christmas, Epiphany, Easter & Corpus Christi.

For 5 voices

  1. Suscepimus Deus
  2. Sicut audivimus
  3. Senex puerum portabat
  4. Nunc dimittis
  5. Responsum accepit Simeon
6. Salve sancta parens
7. Benedicta et venerabilis
8. Virgo Dei genitrix
9. Felix es sacra Virgo Maria
10. Beata es Virgo Maria
11. Beata viscera
12. Rorate cæli
13. Tollite portas
14. Ave Maria
15. Ecce virgo concipiet
16. Vultum tuum
17. Speciosus forma
18. Post partum Virgo
19. Felix namque es
20. Alleluia. Ave Maria - Virga Jesse
21. Gaude Maria
  • In Annunci. B. Maria
22. Diffusa est gratia - Propter veritatem - Vultum tuum
23. Gaudeamus omnes
24. Assumpta est Maria
25. Optimam partem elegit
26. Adoramus te
27. Unam petii a Domino
28. Plorans plorabit
29. Gaudeamus omnes
30. Timete Dominum
31. Justorum animæ
32. Beati mundo corde

For 4 voices

33. Cibavit eos
34. Oculi omnium
35. Sacerdotes Domini
36. Quotiescunque manducabitis
37. Ave verum corpus
38. O salutaris hostia
39. O sacrum convivium
40. Pange lingua gloriosi
41. Ecce quam bonum
42. Christus resurgens
43. Visita quaesumus
44. Salve Regina
45. Alma redemptoris mater
46. Ave Regina coelorum
47. In manus tuas
48. Laetania
49. Salve sola Dei genitrix
50. Senex puerum portabat
51. Hodie beata Virgo
52. Deo gratias

For 3 voices

53. Quem terra, pontus, aethera
54. O gloriosa Domina
55. Memento salutis auctor
56. Ave maris stella
57. Regina coeli laetare
58. Alleluia. Vespere autem Sabbathi
59. Haec dies
60. Angelus Domini descendit
61. Post dies octo - Mane nobiscum
62. Passio Domini nostri Jesu Christi secundum Johannem
63. Adorna thalamum tuum

Works at CPDL

Title Year No. Genre Subgenre Vo. Voices
Adoramus te 1605 26 Sacred Consort songs 1 A
Adorna thalamum tuum 1605 63 Sacred Motets 3 ATT
Alleluia. Ave Maria - Virga Jesse floruit 1605 20 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Alleluia. Vespere autem Sabbathi 1605 58 Sacred Motets 3 SAT
Alma Redemptoris Mater 1605 45 Sacred Motets 4 ATTB
Angelus Domini descendit 1605 60 Sacred Motets 3 ATT
Assumpta est Maria 1605 24 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Ave Maria 1605 14 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Ave Regina coelorum 1605 46 Sacred Motets 4 AATB
Ave maris stella 1605 56 Sacred Motets 3 ATB
Ave verum corpus 1605 37 Sacred Motets 4 SATB
Beata es, Virgo Maria 1605 10 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Beata viscera 1605 11 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Beati mundo corde 1605 32 Sacred Motets 5 SSATB, AATTB
Benedicta et venerabilis 1605 7 (nos. 7-8 in David Fraser's edition) Sacred Motets 5 SATTB, SSATB
Christus resurgens 1605 42 Sacred Motets 4 ATTB
Cibavit eos 1605 33 Sacred Motets 4 ATTB,SATB
Deo gratias 1605 52 Sacred Motets 4 ATTB
Diffusa est gratia - Propter veritatem - Vultum tuum 1605 22 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Ecce quam bonum 1605 41 Sacred Motets 4 AATT
Ecce virgo concipiet 1605 15 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Felix es, sacra Virgo Maria 1605 9 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Felix namque es 1605 19 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Gaude Maria 1605 21 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Gaudeamus omnes in Domino (All Saints) 1605 29 Sacred Motets 5 SSATB, AATTB
Gaudeamus omnes in Domino 1605 23 (antiphon) & no. 6 (verse & doxology) Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Haec dies a 3 1605 59 Sacred Motets 3 SAT, ATT, SAB
Hodie beata Virgo 1605 51 Sacred Motets 4 ATTB
In manus tuas 1605 47 Sacred Motets 4 AATB
Justorum animae 1605 31 Sacred Motets 5 SSATB, AATTB
Laetania 1605 48 Sacred Litanies 4 SATB
Memento salutis auctor 1605 55 Sacred Motets 3 ATB
Nunc dimittis (Gradualia) 1605 4 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
O gloriosa Domina 1605 54 Sacred Motets 3 ATT
O sacrum convivium 1605 39 Sacred Motets 4 ATTB,SATB
O salutaris hostia (Gradualia) 1605 38 Sacred Motets 4 ATTB
Oculi omnium 1605 34 Sacred Motets 4 ATTB
Optimam partem elegit 1605 25 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Pange lingua gloriosi 1605 40 Sacred Motets 4 ATTB
Plorans plorabit 1605 28 Sacred Motets 5 ATTBB
Post dies octo - Mane nobiscum 1605 61 Sacred Motets 3 ATT
Post partum Virgo 1605 18 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Quem terra, pontus, aethera 1605 53 Sacred Motets 3 ATB
Quotiescumque manducabitis 1605 36 Sacred Motets 4 ATTB
Regina coeli laetare 1605 57 Sacred Motets 3 SAT
Responsum accepit Simeon 1605 5 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB,ATTBB
Rorate caeli desuper 1605 12 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Sacerdotes Domini 1605 35 Sacred Offertories 4 SATB
Salve Regina (1605) 1605 44 Sacred Motets 4 ATTB
Salve sancta parens 1605 6 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB,SATBB
Salve sola Dei genitrix 1605 49 Sacred Motets 4 SSST
Senex puerum portabat (a 5) 1605 3 Sacred Motets 5 SSATB
Senex puerum portabat a 4 1605 50 Sacred Motets
Speciosus forma 1605 17, plus verse from vol. 1 no. 6 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Suscepimus Deus - Justitia - Magnus Dominus 1605 1 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB, SAATB
Suscepimus Deus - Sicut audivimus 1605 1-2 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB, SAATB
Timete Dominum 1605 30 Sacred Motets 5 SSATB
Tollite portas 1605 13 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB
Unam petii a Domino 1605 27 Sacred Motets 5 SSATB
Virgo Dei genitrix 1605 8 (nos. 7-8 in David Fraser's edition) Sacred Graduals 5 SATTB, SSATB
Visita quaesumus 1605 43 Sacred Motets 4 SSAT,AATB
Vultum tuum 1605 16, plus verse & doxology from vol. 1 no. 6 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB