Kyrie Le Roy (John Taverner)

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  • (Posted 2022-09-13)  CPDL #70786:     
Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2022-09-13).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 747 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Edited from the Gyffard Partbooks with the original pitch and note values retained. Taverner almost certainly intended his polyphony to alternate with organ polyphony based on the Le Roy 'square'. Since no contemporary organ settings of this square survive, I have attempted to compose suitable sections in the Tudor keyboard style. See the commentary at the end of the score.
  • (Posted 2019-03-17)  CPDL #53609:     
Editor: Andrew Fysh (submitted 2019-03-17).   Score information: A4, 3 pages   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Original pitch. Original note values retained. This edition corrects three errors in the source (see Editorial Notes in score).
  • (Posted 2005-03-17)  CPDL #10793:       
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2005-03-17).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 83 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Original time signatures. Corrected files uploaded 2022-09-14.
  • (Posted 2006-01-08)  CPDL #10649:         
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-01-08).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 108 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Arrangement (source?) augmented with plainchant, and keyboard reduction.

General Information

Title: Kyrie 'Le Roy'
Composer: John Taverner

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMass fragment

Language: Greek
Instruments: A cappella

First published: ca. 1572 -78 in British Library, MSS Add. 17802–5 (Gyffard Partbooks) [London], no. 7
– This is the only surviving source.

Description: Quintessential setting of the Kyrie, which in Taverner's day was, more often than not, troped and hence often missing from mass settings.

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Orginal text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Kyrie.