Attollite portas (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2021-12-05)  CPDL #67019:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2021-12-05).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 123 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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Editor: Gerd Eichler (submitted 2013-02-01).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 118 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Attollite portas
Composer: William Byrd
Source of text: Psalm 24: 7,8,10

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SATTTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1575 in Cantiones quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur, no. 11

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 24.

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from the score; see psalm page for alternative translations

Lift up your gates, O ye princes, and be ye lifted up, O eternal gates: and the King of Glory shall enter in.
Who is this King of Glory? the Lord who is strong and mighty: the Lord mighty in battle.
Who is this King of Glory? the Lord of power, he is the King of Glory.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen