Libera nos, salva nos II (John Sheppard)

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See also: Libera nos, salva nos I by the same composer

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  • (Posted 2011-03-26)  CPDL #23343:   
Editor: Adrian Wall (submitted 2011-03-26).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 532 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: First and second settings, with plainchant. Part 1 based on #18099; part 2 based on edition at [1]. Transposed up a fourth from original written pitch, for SSAATTB

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Title: Libera nos, salva nos
Composer: John Sheppard

Number of voices: 7vv   Voicing: AATTBarBarB
Genre: SacredAntiphon

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript ca. 1575 in The Baldwin Partbooks, no. 155
Description: Sheppard was Informator Choristarum of Magdalen College, Oxford in the 1540s. In the college statutes, Magdalen's founder, William Waynflete, ordained that college members should recite the antiphon to the Trinity each morning and night, and Sheppard's pair of settings of Libera nos, salva nos appear to have been written for this purpose, probably for use at the end of compline, framing the versicles and response Benedicamus Patrem. The cantus firmus of the second setting is a faburden of the plainchant used in the first setting. [For more details, see David Wulstan's notes to The Clerks of Oxenford's recording, Proudsound PROU CD126]

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Libera nos.