Reges Tharsis a 5 (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2023-07-20)  CPDL #74631:     
Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2023-07-20).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 417 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Edited from the Baldwin Partbooks. Original pitch and note values retained.
  • (Posted 2015-06-22)  CPDL #35868:         
Editor: Harrison Hackett (submitted 2015-06-22).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 1.21 MB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Page 5 includes edition notes. If you're printing a booklet score for performance, feel free to omit it.

Note by Mick Swithinbank: In the third bar of the Hackett edition, although not in Jason Smart's, ficta C sharps and B natural are proposed in the treble part, which for some of us, although creating one of the more outrageous false relations, are a feature to savour, and which are also to be found on a recording of the work made by the Cardinall's Musick in the 1990s.

General Information

Title: Reges Tharsis a5
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATBarB
Genre: SacredResponsory

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript ca. 1575 in The Baldwin Partbooks, no. 70
Description: The Baldwin partbooks provide the SABarB parts, plus an attribution to "mr w birde". Sarum Rite Matins Responsory for the Feast of the Epiphany. The Tenor is the "Reges Tharsis" plainsong melody from the Sarum Rite as used by John Sheppard in his arrangement.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Reges Tharsis.