Composer:   William Byrd
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   CPDL
Edition:   03938
Voicing:   SATB div
Setting:   A Cappella


Dr. Matthew Ferrell
St. Cloud State Univeristy 2012
R&R Chair College & University

From Byrd’s 1589 Cantiones Sacrae, this composition employs brilliant polyphony and wonderful text painting. The fast melismatic passages and irregular canonic entrances prove quite challenging; however, the use of solfege and count-singing allow much time to be saved in the choral rehearsal. This is a wonderful work that deserves more performances. The compositional techniques, especially text painting, make for wonderful discussions in the classroom.