Benigne fac, Domine (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2024-01-08)  CPDL #78652:     
Editor: Jean-Paul Feo (submitted 2024-01-08).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 90 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Tenor part missing from the manuscripts. Transcribed from "The Byrd Edition" Volume 3 as performed by "The Cardinall's Musick". Edition transposed down a fourth, scored for ATTBarB.
  • (Posted 2023-03-11)  CPDL #72996:  Original pitch and note values retained:    
  • (Posted 2020-03-05)  CPDL #57377:  Note values halved. Transposed down a tone to compensate for the high clef configuration:    
Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2023-03-11).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 380 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Revised editions March 2023. Edited from the surviving Tudor sources. A critical commentary is appended to the score.
  • (Posted 2020-10-16)  CPDL #60899:         
Editor: Michael Winter (submitted 2020-10-16).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 676 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Identical to #60898 but transposed down a fourth to account for high clefs.
  • (Posted 2020-10-16)  CPDL #60898:         
Editor: Michael Winter (submitted 2020-10-16).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 238 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original note values, original pitch. Tenor part has been editorially supplied.

General Information

Title: Benigne fac, Domine
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript ca. 1575 in The Baldwin Partbooks, no. 36
Description: A motet that Byrd did not publish in his lifetime. A setting of Psalm 50 (Book of Common Prayer Ps.51), v.18.

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Original text and translations

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Benigne fac, Domine, in bona voluntate tua Sion,
ut aedificentur muri Jerusalem.