Rorate caeli desuper (William Byrd)
- Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2002-10-28). Score information: A4, 5 pages, 137 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Revised Sept 08.
Title: Rorate caeli desuper
Composer: William Byrd
Number of voices: 5vv Voicing: SATTB, or ATTBarB
Genre: Sacred, Motet
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1605 in Gradualia I, no. 12
Description: Introit for Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin during Advent
Original text and translations
Original text and translations may be found at Rorate caeli. The texts below are however complete, including the antiphon.
Rorate caeli desuper, et nubes pluant justum: aperiatur terra, et germinet salvatorem.
Drop down ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: Let the earth open and bring forth a Saviour.