Surge, illuminare, Jerusalem (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2012-11-23)  CPDL #27646:         
Editor: Gerd Eichler (submitted 2012-11-23).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 55 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1610 reprint. Mensural notation, original note values and pitch, musica ficta clearly marked, clefs modernized.
Last revised: 2012-11-28
  • (Posted 2002-11-26)  CPDL #04228:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2002-11-26).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 226 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised March 17, with minor corrections.

General Information

Title: Surge, illuminare, Jerusalem
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: AATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1607 in Gradualia II, no. 15
Description: Apparently first intended by Byrd as the Gradual of the Epiphany mass, this piece sets a portion of text from the preceding Lesson, and so has no actual liturgical function.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Surge illuminare Jerusalem.