Decantabat populus (William Byrd)

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Editor: Gareth Thomas (submitted 2016-09-09).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 97 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Notated pitch and original note values used. Unattributed in the manuscript (attributed to Byrd in MS 37402-6).


  • CPDL #23301: This edition has been withdrawn at the request of the editor. CPDL #23301: Byrd_-_Decantabat_populus.pdf Byrd_-_Decantabat_populus.mid
Editor: Edward Tambling (submitted 2011-03-26).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 81 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In original key for SATBarB


General Information

Title: Decantabat populus
Composer: William Byrd

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript 1580 in Dow Partbooks, no. 50
Description: Unattributed in the source, but attributed to Byrd in Add. MS 37402-6

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Decantabat populus.