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Vide Domine afflictionem

By William Byrd

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SATTB choir a cappella
Composed by William Byrd (1540-1623). Liturgical Use: Penitential Seasons. Text: Latin. Choral. Vocal Score. Duration ca. 8 minutes. Notre Dame Choir Editions #NDC060. Published by Notre Dame Choir Editions (PE.NDC060).

Item Number: PE.NDC060


The text of this motet has neither a Biblical or liturgical source but, like several other similar texts set by Byrd, was also set by Clemens (non Papa), a composer who was known for his choice of unusual texts of a penitential cast. Bearing no musical similarity to Clemens's setting and conceived on a large-scale, Byrd's motet ranks among his most moving compositions - many vivid expressive details including moments of bold chromaticism, are molded into a broadly unfolding musical discourse that when well-managed is heart wrenching in its cumulative impact. ("Grant us, Lord, your long-desired peace... and have mercy on your sighing and weeping people.").

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