Alleluia. Cognoverunt discipuli (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2017-04-30)  CPDL #44310:       
Editor: Raymond Nagem (submitted 2017-04-30).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Includes both parts ("Alleluia. Cognoverunt" and "Caro mea"). Note values halved. Transposed up a whole step, to D major for SATB.
  • (Posted 2015-11-10)  CPDL #37477:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2015-11-10).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 75 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: A bar-less edition of the Prima pars only.
  • (Posted 2008-04-14)  CPDL #16622:    Network.png
Editor: Matthew Collett (submitted 2008-04-14).   Score information: A5, 4 pages, 311 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: A performing edition of the Prima pars only. Transposed up one tone for SATB, with note values halved.
  • (Posted 2003-10-14)  CPDL #05700:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-10-14).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 130 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised February 2008.

General Information

Title: Alleluia. Cognoverunt discipuli
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: ATTB or SATB
Genre: SacredMotetEucharistic songAlleluia verse

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1607 in Gradualia II, no. 16
Description: Alleluia, Votive Mass of the Blessed Sacrament. The music from the verse Caro mea to the end is reprinted exactly from the gradual Oculi Omnium (Gradualia I, 2/2), a unique example of a transfer from the earlier publication.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Alleluia. Cognoverunt discipuli Dominum Jesum in fractione panis.
Alleluia. Caro mea vere est cibus, et sanguis meus vere est potus:
qui manducat carnem, et bibit meum sanguinem, in me manet, et ego in eo. Alleluia.

English.png English translation

Alleluia. The disciples knew the Lord Jesus in the breaking of bread.
Alleluia. My flesh is meat indeed: and my blood is drink indeed.
He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood abideth in me: and I in him. Alleluia.