Agnus Dei: Two Settings in Alternatim
SATB Choir a cappella, cantor, assembly (SATB)
Composed by Byrd. Music for the Rites. Christian, Worship. Octavo. 5 pages. Published by World Library Publications (WL.005279).
Item Number: WL.005279
Alternatim is a practice dating from the early Christian church that utilizes two or more performing groups or contrasting styles of composition in the presentation of a liturgical text. In these two Agnus Dei settings, plainchant is contrasted with polyphony. Richard Proulx has edited these useful settings that seamlessly combine a familiar chant dialogue (Agnus Dei XVI) for cantor and assembly with choral extensions by Renaissance composer William Byrd based on this same melody. These settings from the rich heritage of the Church can easily be integrated into your community's Communion rite.